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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 does Loretta do after Mrs. Wendall is gone?

2. What relationship exists between Nadine and Bernard?

3. What happens to Bernie?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Loretta and Bernie?

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

4. How does Jules feel about himself after the shooting?

5. What does Jules tell Vera about love?

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

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

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

9. How does Jules' relationship with Nadine end?

10. As a young adult, what is Maureen's escape from her everyday life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author barely mentions Loretta's two youngest children, Betty and Ronnie. Why do you think they are such minor characters? Why does the author focus only on Loretta's two oldest children? Would you, as a reader, have liked to know more about the two younger children? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The pronoun "them" is not only the title of the novel, but it is an idea alluded to many times throughout the story. What does the author mean by "them"? Who is she talking about? What point is she trying to convey by grouping so many different people under a single pronoun? What effect does the usage of this term have on your perception of the characters? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Violence is another prominent theme throughout the course of the novel. How do violent actions, perpetuated by the main characters and others, affect the lives of the main characters? What changes occur as a result of these actions? Why does the theme of violence seem so closely related with the theme of poverty? Do you think that a less poverty-stricken lifestyle would have resulted in less violence in the lives of the main characters? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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