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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. What kind of a child is Jules?

2. What is Maureen's method of escape?

3. How does Mrs. Wendall react to the barn fire?

4. What does Jules do when he finds Bernard?

5. In what condition is Pat when he comes home at night?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Loretta feel about Howard's absence?

2. What are some of Maureen's responsibilities around the house after Loretta marries Pat?

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

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

5. How does Jules seduce Nadine?

6. How does Maureen make money so she can leave her parents' house?

7. What is Loretta's reputation as a teenager?

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

9. How does Mrs. Wendall react to the barn fire?

10. How do Mort and Vera differ in their ideas about social change?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Brock is a minor character in the novel, but he plays an important role. He is the reason why Loretta meets and marries Howard, and he is also the one to bring Maureen out of her catatonia. How can these two very dissimilar actions--his murder of Bernie, and his role in Maureen's recovery--be resolved in terms of his character? Why do you think the author chooses to assign both of these important, and very different, actions to a single character? Knowing all that you do about Brock, what is your opinion of his character? Why do you think he disappears from the plot so suddenly? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The pronoun "them" is not only the title of the novel, but it is an idea alluded to many times throughout the story. What does the author mean by "them"? Who is she talking about? What point is she trying to convey by grouping so many different people under a single pronoun? What effect does the usage of this term have on your perception of the characters? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Maureen went to college in hopes of bettering her situation. Did she get what she wanted? If her plan was to marry someone who could take care of her, why bother going to college? Do you think she was better off with the choice she made, to marry Jim and have him take care of her? Or do you think it would have been better if she had finished school, gotten a job, and taken care of herself? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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