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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. Who is Maureen?

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

3. How does Loretta feel about Mrs. Wendall?

4. What year is it in Children of Silence, Chapter 9?

5. Where is Howard living, after the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jules meet Bernard?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is Jules and Nadine's relationship like after their reunion?

10. What state is Maureen in as a result of her attack?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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