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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 is Mrs. Wendall living?

2. How does Maureen decide to make money?

3. What happens to Jules on one of the nights when he runs away?

4. How does Loretta's family feel about Mrs. Wendall's placement in a nursing home?

5. To whom does Loretta go for help while Howard is gone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Loretta's family move away from Detroit?

2. What does Jules tell Vera about love?

3. How does Jules get a rifle during the riot?

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

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

6. What happens to Loretta after Howard's death?

7. What happens to Maureen as a result of her method of earning income?

8. What is Jules's living situation in Chapter 6 of the third book?

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

10. How does Loretta feel about Howard's absence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brock is a minor character in the novel, but he plays an important role. He is the reason why Loretta meets and marries Howard, and he is also the one to bring Maureen out of her catatonia. How can these two very dissimilar actions--his murder of Bernie, and his role in Maureen's recovery--be resolved in terms of his character? Why do you think the author chooses to assign both of these important, and very different, actions to a single character? Knowing all that you do about Brock, what is your opinion of his character? Why do you think he disappears from the plot so suddenly? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Several of the women in the novel turn to prostitution as a means for generating income. Why do you think this is so? Were there any other options for low-income women who wanted to better their situation? If so, what were they? If there were other options, why did they choose prostitution over the other options? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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