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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. Who is Maureen?

2. Why do Jules, Maureen, and Betty fail to bond with their parents?

3. What does Nadine do to help Jules in Chapter 6 of the second book?

4. How might Nadine's emotions be described?

5. Why does Maureen need money immediately?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jules doing while Maureen is recovering?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the result of Jules's and Nadine's adventure?

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

8. How does Loretta deal with Maureen's condition?

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

10. What is the content of Maureen's letters?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The roles of men and women in "Them" are very different. What opportunities and duties do the women have? What about the men? What opportunities do the men have, that the women lack? Is there a difference in the way characters of each gender are portrayed? If so, what is it? Do you think that these gender portrayals are accurate, considering the novel's setting? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Bernard is a minor character, who plays an important role in the novel. Why is his character in the novel for such a short time? What is his impact on Jules' life? Why is his character in such sharp contrast to the other characters in the novel? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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