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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. How might Nadine's emotions be described?

2. What are Maureen's responsibilities on a daily basis?

3. What position is Maureen elected to in school?

4. Where does Loretta rent a room?

5. What year is it in Children of Silence, Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jules tell Vera about love?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the significance of the letters that Maureen writes?

8. Which of Jules's behaviors is particularly worrisome to Loretta?

9. What is Jules doing while Maureen is recovering?

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

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

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.

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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