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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. Where is Mrs. Wendall living?

2. How might Nadine's emotions be described?

3. Why does Jules steal a car?

4. Why does Loretta feed Maureen sweets every day?

5. What sort of relationship does Betty have with her brother and sister?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Loretta meet Howard?

6. How does Jules meet Bernard?

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

8. What do Maureen and Jules talk about when Jules visits her in Dearborn?

9. Why does Maureen want to marry Jim?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jules's experience with fire is mentioned throughout the novel. How did his early experiences with fire shape his violent tendencies later on in life? Why is Jules so preoccupied with the concept of fire? How does his preoccupation with it tie into his participation in the race riots? 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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