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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is happening to Maureen during her recovery?
2. With whom is Jules living in Chapter 6 of the third book?
3. Who gives Jules a rifle on the street?
4. How does Mort feel about America?
5. Where does Loretta see Jules when she gets out of the shelter?
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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