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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. Why is the person Loretta goes to unable to help her?

2. What happens to Maureen's notebook?

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

4. How did Bernard make most of his money?

5. Where is Howard living, after the war?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Howard leave the farm in Chapter 6 of the first book?

3. What does Jules do while trying to perform a magic trick for Maureen?

4. What happens to Bernard?

5. Who is helping Maureen to come out of her catatonia?

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

7. What is Jules's living situation in Chapter 6 of the third book?

8. What does Jules learn about Bernard in Chapter 4 of the second book?

9. Why hasn't Maureen been able to get a job?

10. How does Loretta feel when she sees Jules on the news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 3

Jules's experience with fire is mentioned throughout the novel. How did his early experiences with fire shape his violent tendencies later on in life? Why is Jules so preoccupied with the concept of fire? How does his preoccupation with it tie into his participation in the race riots? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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