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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 pretense does Jules use to visit Nadine?

2. What does Jules want to do with his own children?

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

4. What does Nadine do to help Jules in Chapter 6 of the second book?

5. Why does Bernard give Jules three hundred dollars?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Loretta's family move away from Detroit?

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

4. How does Jules seduce Nadine?

5. What happens when Loretta visits her father for the first time after her marriage?

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

7. To whom does Maureen write her letters?

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

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

10. Why is Jim re-evaluating his relationship with his current wife?

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

The roles of men and women in "Them" are very different. What opportunities and duties do the women have? What about the men? What opportunities do the men have, that the women lack? Is there a difference in the way characters of each gender are portrayed? If so, what is it? Do you think that these gender portrayals are accurate, considering the novel's setting? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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