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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 are the rumors circulating about Loretta at the beginning of the novel?

2. Where does Loretta go with her children while Howard is gone?

3. What does Nadine know about why Bernard was killed?

4. Why is Howard fired from his job?

5. Why is the person Loretta goes to unable to help her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Jules in Tulsa?

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

4. Why does Howard leave the farm in Chapter 6 of the first book?

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

6. To whom does Maureen write her letters?

7. What happens to Maureen after Howard's death?

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

9. How does Jules reunite with Nadine?

10. What do Maureen and Jules talk about when Jules visits her in Dearborn?

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

Maureen went to college in hopes of bettering her situation. Did she get what she wanted? If her plan was to marry someone who could take care of her, why bother going to college? Do you think she was better off with the choice she made, to marry Jim and have him take care of her? Or do you think it would have been better if she had finished school, gotten a job, and taken care of herself? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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