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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 does Loretta feel about Howard's absence?

2. What does Jules struggle with after Howard's funeral?

3. Who burns down the barn?

4. What does Mrs. Wendall say about Jules's future?

5. What is Loretta's situation at the beginning of the second book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jules feel about the riot fires on the streets of Detroit?

2. What is Loretta's situation at the beginning of the novel?

3. How does Loretta meet Howard?

4. Why is Jim re-evaluating his relationship with his current wife?

5. What happens when Loretta visits her father for the first time after her marriage?

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

7. What happens to Maureen after Howard's death?

8. As a young adult, what is Maureen's escape from her everyday life?

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

10. What happens to Bernard?

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

One of the main themes of the novel is poverty. What role does poverty play in the lives of the characters? What situations might have been avoided if it were not for their poverty-stricken lifestyle? How did poverty affect the relationships between the main characters? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Loretta doesn't understand why she has no connection with her children as adults. What do you think is the reason for the disconnect between them? Is there anything that Loretta could have done differently? Why does Loretta hypothesize that maybe she had the wrong children? Do you think she really believes this? Or is she simply trying to find a reason so she doesn't have to feel guilty? Do you think the disconnect is a result of Loretta's parenting, the family's situation, or a combination of the two? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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