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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. Where does Maureen hide the money she makes?

2. Who is Howard Wendall?

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

4. Why does Maureen need money immediately?

5. What does Loretta force Maureen to do for Pat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Loretta react when Maureen tells her about Jim?

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

4. What does Maureen write about one of her other professors?

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

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

7. How does Jules meet Bernard?

8. What is the relationship between Samson Wendall and Jules?

9. What is the result of Jules's and Nadine's adventure?

10. What does Jules do while trying to perform a magic trick for Maureen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Books one and two both end with a catastrophic event for one of the main characters. Why do you think that the author decided to structure the novel this way? What are the benefits of creating such a structure? What are the drawbacks? What are some other ways in which the author might have chosen to structure the novel? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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