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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 position is Maureen elected to in school?

2. What does Jules do for work after Bernard's murder?

3. Who watches Loretta's children while Loretta goes out to make money?

4. Why is Howard fired from his job?

5. Where does Mrs. Wendall live after Howard's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jules seduce Nadine?

2. How does Loretta meet Howard?

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

4. How does Jules reunite with Nadine?

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

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

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

8. What is Jules's living situation in Chapter 6 of the third book?

9. What has changed about Maureen as a result of her catatonia?

10. What is Jules and Nadine's relationship like after their reunion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Howard dies, Jules struggles to remember anything about him, and knows only that he doesn't want to suffer the same fate with his own children. Why do you think this is so? Does Jules know why he feels this way about his father? Do you think he has a plan for how to avoid this fate with his children? What are some factors that contributed to Jules' lack of a relationship with his father? How might Jules remedy these problems with his own children? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Nadine's character is a very important one, in terms of how she affects Jules. What is the point of Nadine's character? What point is the author trying to convey through Nadine? What does the reader learn about Jules' character from his interactions with Nadine? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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