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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 does Jules focus on after his father's death?

2. Who takes Mrs. Wendall to all of her appointments at the clinic?

3. What happens to Jules while he and Nadine are on the road?

4. In what condition is Maureen at the beginning of the second book?

5. How does Maureen decide to make money?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Jules and Nadine end up doing in Chapter 5 of the second book?

2. How does Jules feel after his father's funeral?

3. What does Jules do at the end of Chapter 7 of the third book?

4. How does Loretta deal with Maureen's condition?

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

6. What does Jules tell Vera about love?

7. How does Loretta react when Maureen tells her about Jim?

8. What happens to Loretta and Bernie?

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

10. How does Maureen make money so she can leave her parents' house?

Essay 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

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

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.

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