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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 kind of a child is Jules?

2. What is Maureen's method of escape?

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

4. What does Jules do when he finds Bernard?

5. In what condition is Pat when he comes home at night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Maureen as a result of her method of earning income?

4. What does Loretta think about her relationship with her children while she is in the shelter?

5. How does Jules seduce Nadine?

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

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

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

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

10. How do Mort and Vera differ in their ideas about social change?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author states that Maureen's character is based upon one of the author's former university students. Do you think that everything that occurs in the novel, therefore, is true? Why or why not? If not, which parts do you think are fictionalized or exaggerated? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Jules's experience with fire is mentioned throughout the novel. How did his early experiences with fire shape his violent tendencies later on in life? Why is Jules so preoccupied with the concept of fire? How does his preoccupation with it tie into his participation in the race riots? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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