them Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Maureen want to get married?

2. What has the visitor been doing for Maureen?

3. Why does Jim find himself attracted to Maureen?

4. Where does Maureen write her letters?

5. What is Maureen doing at the beginning of the third book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Violence is another prominent theme throughout the course of the novel. How do violent actions, perpetuated by the main characters and others, affect the lives of the main characters? What changes occur as a result of these actions? Why does the theme of violence seem so closely related with the theme of poverty? Do you think that a less poverty-stricken lifestyle would have resulted in less violence in the lives of the main characters? Why or why not? 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

Bernard is a minor character, who plays an important role in the novel. Why is his character in the novel for such a short time? What is his impact on Jules' life? Why is his character in such sharp contrast to the other characters in the novel? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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