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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. In what condition does Jules find Bernard?

2. Why does Jules steal a car?

3. Who is Pat Furlong?

4. What relationship exists between Nadine and Bernard?

5. When Pat comes home after witnessing Maureen's actions, what does he do?

Short Essay Questions

1. As a young adult, how does Maureen feel about her family?

2. Who is helping Maureen to come out of her catatonia?

3. What state is Maureen in as a result of her attack?

4. How does Loretta meet Howard?

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

6. What does Jules do at the end of Chapter 7 of the third book?

7. What happens to Bernard?

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

9. What is Maureen's situation at the beginning of the third book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Several of the women in the novel turn to prostitution as a means for generating income. Why do you think this is so? Were there any other options for low-income women who wanted to better their situation? If so, what were they? If there were other options, why did they choose prostitution over the other options? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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