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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 Mrs. Wendall live after Howard's death?

2. How might Nadine's emotions be described?

3. Howard leaves Loretta and their children to go where?

4. What does Loretta do every night while waiting for Pat to come home?

5. Why is Jules almost killed in Children of Silence, Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jules feel about the riot fires on the streets of Detroit?

2. What does Jules learn about Bernard in Chapter 4 of the second book?

3. Why hasn't Maureen been able to get a job?

4. Which of Jules's behaviors is particularly worrisome to Loretta?

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

6. Why does Maureen want to marry Jim?

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

8. What happens to Bernard?

9. Why is Jim re-evaluating his relationship with his current wife?

10. What has changed about Maureen as a result of her catatonia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loretta doesn't understand why she has no connection with her children as adults. What do you think is the reason for the disconnect between them? Is there anything that Loretta could have done differently? Why does Loretta hypothesize that maybe she had the wrong children? Do you think she really believes this? Or is she simply trying to find a reason so she doesn't have to feel guilty? Do you think the disconnect is a result of Loretta's parenting, the family's situation, or a combination of the two? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes of the novel is poverty. What role does poverty play in the lives of the characters? What situations might have been avoided if it were not for their poverty-stricken lifestyle? How did poverty affect the relationships between the main characters? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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