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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. How old is Loretta at the beginning of the novel?

2. How does Mrs. Wendall react to the barn fire?

3. Why does Maureen enjoy the library so much?

4. How might Nadine's emotions be described?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Loretta meet Howard?

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

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

4. What is Loretta's situation at the beginning of the novel?

5. Who is helping Maureen to come out of her catatonia?

6. What happens to Loretta and Bernie?

7. How does Loretta feel when she sees Jules on the news?

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

9. What is the significance of the letters that Maureen writes?

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

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 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 3

The author states that Maureen's character is based upon one of the author's former university students. Do you think that everything that occurs in the novel, therefore, is true? Why or why not? If not, which parts do you think are fictionalized or exaggerated? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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