Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Bernard is a minor character, who plays an important role in the novel. Why is his character in the novel for such a short time? What is his impact on Jules' life? Why is his character in such sharp contrast to the other characters in the novel? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
The poverty-stricken and violent lifestyle endured by Loretta, as a child, continues on to her own children. Why is the cycle perpetuated with her own children? Is there anything she could have done differently do break this cycle? What was Loretta's childhood like? How did the cycle begin? Do you think Maureen will be able to break this cycle with her own child(ren)? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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.
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