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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. To what does Jules compare himself in Chapter 7 of the third book?
3. Who is Vera?
4. When Maureen's recovery begins, how long has she been in her catatonic state?
5. Where does Jules see Nadine again, after their long separation following the ill-fated road trip?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Brock is a minor character in the novel, but he plays an important role. He is the reason why Loretta meets and marries Howard, and he is also the one to bring Maureen out of her catatonia. How can these two very dissimilar actions--his murder of Bernie, and his role in Maureen's recovery--be resolved in terms of his character? Why do you think the author chooses to assign both of these important, and very different, actions to a single character? Knowing all that you do about Brock, what is your opinion of his character? Why do you think he disappears from the plot so suddenly? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Jules is involved with a series of women in his life, each of them very different from the others. Who are these women? Do they have one thing in common that attracts Jules to them? If so, what is it? How healthy are these relationships? What does each of these women have to offer Jules? What do they each take from him? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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