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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 does Mrs. Wendall live after Howard's death?

2. Who is Howard Wendall?

3. How old is Loretta at the beginning of the novel?

4. What is Loretta forced to do as payment for Howard's help?

5. What happens when Jules visits Nadine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens to Loretta and Bernie?

5. What happens to Bernard?

6. What happens the night that Jules runs away and Loretta is frantic to find him?

7. What happens to Loretta after her building burns down during the riots?

8. What does Jules tell Vera about love?

9. How does Jules feel after his father's funeral?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the main themes of the novel is poverty. What role does poverty play in the lives of the characters? What situations might have been avoided if it were not for their poverty-stricken lifestyle? How did poverty affect the relationships between the main characters? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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