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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 roles of men and women in "Them" are very different. What opportunities and duties do the women have? What about the men? What opportunities do the men have, that the women lack? Is there a difference in the way characters of each gender are portrayed? If so, what is it? Do you think that these gender portrayals are accurate, considering the novel's setting? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Nadine's character is a very important one, in terms of how she affects Jules. What is the point of Nadine's character? What point is the author trying to convey through Nadine? What does the reader learn about Jules' character from his interactions with Nadine? 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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