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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long is Pat in jail?

2. What year is it at the beginning of the second book, chapter 4?

3. What relationship exists between Nadine and Bernard?

4. How does Maureen feel about her method of earning an income?

5. Who is the first major character to be introduced?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Bernard?

2. What happens to Howard in Chapter 10 of the first book?

3. What do Jules and Nadine end up doing in Chapter 5 of the second book?

4. What state is Maureen in as a result of her attack?

5. As a young adult, how does Maureen feel about her family?

6. How does Loretta react when Maureen tells her about Jim?

7. How does Jules get a rifle during the riot?

8. What does Loretta think about her relationship with her children while she is in the shelter?

9. What happens to Maureen as a result of her method of earning income?

10. What is Jules doing while Maureen is recovering?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The poverty-stricken and violent lifestyle endured by Loretta, as a child, continues on to her own children. Why is the cycle perpetuated with her own children? Is there anything she could have done differently do break this cycle? What was Loretta's childhood like? How did the cycle begin? Do you think Maureen will be able to break this cycle with her own child(ren)? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The author barely mentions Loretta's two youngest children, Betty and Ronnie. Why do you think they are such minor characters? Why does the author focus only on Loretta's two oldest children? Would you, as a reader, have liked to know more about the two younger children? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

When Howard dies, Jules struggles to remember anything about him, and knows only that he doesn't want to suffer the same fate with his own children. Why do you think this is so? Does Jules know why he feels this way about his father? Do you think he has a plan for how to avoid this fate with his children? What are some factors that contributed to Jules' lack of a relationship with his father? How might Jules remedy these problems with his own children? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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