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

Short Answer Questions

1. What year is it in Chapter 8 of the second book?

2. Where does Maureen live, at the beginning of the third book?

3. How much time has passed between Maureen's year of catatonia, and the present time in Chapter 8 of the second book?

4. What does Loretta steal during the riots?

5. Who is Mort?

Essay Topics

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

None of Loretta's husbands were very good people. Why do you think this is so? Why did she choose to marry men who were poor providers, and poor caretakers for her children? Were there any better men for her to choose from? Do you think she even realized that her husbands were poor choices? 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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