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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 the first major character to be introduced?

2. Who is Maureen?

3. Where is Howard living, after the war?

4. What pretense does Jules use to visit Nadine?

5. What relationship exists between Nadine and Bernard?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. To whom does Maureen write her letters?

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

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

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

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

9. What happens to Loretta and Bernie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of the women in the novel turn to prostitution as a means for generating income. Why do you think this is so? Were there any other options for low-income women who wanted to better their situation? If so, what were they? If there were other options, why did they choose prostitution over the other options? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Books one and two both end with a catastrophic event for one of the main characters. Why do you think that the author decided to structure the novel this way? What are the benefits of creating such a structure? What are the drawbacks? What are some other ways in which the author might have chosen to structure the novel? 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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