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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. What kind of a child is Jules?

2. What is Maureen's method of escape?

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

4. What does Jules do when he finds Bernard?

5. In what condition is Pat when he comes home at night?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Loretta feel about Howard's absence?

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

3. What happens to Maureen as a result of her method of earning income?

4. What does Loretta think about her relationship with her children while she is in the shelter?

5. How does Jules seduce Nadine?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

Loretta doesn't understand why she has no connection with her children as adults. What do you think is the reason for the disconnect between them? Is there anything that Loretta could have done differently? Why does Loretta hypothesize that maybe she had the wrong children? Do you think she really believes this? Or is she simply trying to find a reason so she doesn't have to feel guilty? Do you think the disconnect is a result of Loretta's parenting, the family's situation, or a combination of the two? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Jules and Maureen are both very optimistic as children, but are also capable of detaching themselves from frightening or emotionally damaging situations, such as their father's death. Is this an odd combination of character traits? Why or why not? What is the ultimate result of their hopefulness? Do you think that Betty is justified in ridiculing her siblings for their optimistic attitudes? Why or why not? In what ways are they similar to Loretta as a child? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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