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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 doesn't Maureen have a job?

2. Who is Howard Wendall?

3. What does Jules dream of when looking at maps and books?

4. Where does Loretta rent a room?

5. Who is Bernard Geffen?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jules seduce Nadine?

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

3. What are some of Maureen's responsibilities around the house after Loretta marries Pat?

4. To whom does Maureen write her letters?

5. How do Mort and Vera differ in their ideas about social change?

6. What is Jules and Nadine's relationship like after their reunion?

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

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

9. What is Loretta's reputation as a teenager?

10. What does Maureen write about one of her other professors?

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

The pronoun "them" is not only the title of the novel, but it is an idea alluded to many times throughout the story. What does the author mean by "them"? Who is she talking about? What point is she trying to convey by grouping so many different people under a single pronoun? What effect does the usage of this term have on your perception of the characters? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

None of Loretta's husbands were very good people. Why do you think this is so? Why did she choose to marry men who were poor providers, and poor caretakers for her children? Were there any better men for her to choose from? Do you think she even realized that her husbands were poor choices? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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