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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 are the rumors circulating about Loretta at the beginning of the novel?

2. Where is Mrs. Wendall living?

3. Why doesn't Maureen have a job?

4. How do the children react to Howard's death?

5. Where does Loretta go with her children while Howard is gone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens the night that Jules runs away and Loretta is frantic to find him?

4. What is the relationship between Samson Wendall and Jules?

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

6. How does Jules' relationship with Nadine end?

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

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

9. What is happening to Maureen as she begins to come out of her catatonia?

10. How does Loretta meet Howard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jules is involved with a series of women in his life, each of them very different from the others. Who are these women? Do they have one thing in common that attracts Jules to them? If so, what is it? How healthy are these relationships? What does each of these women have to offer Jules? What do they each take from him? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The author states that Maureen's character is based upon one of the author's former university students. Do you think that everything that occurs in the novel, therefore, is true? Why or why not? If not, which parts do you think are fictionalized or exaggerated? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

One of the literary techniques employed by the author is that of switching viewpoints between the characters. How effective is this technique? Why? What does it help to accomplish? Is there another, more effective way to accomplish the same result? If so, what is it? Did you like this style of writing? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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