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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Maureen doing at the beginning of the third book?
2. What is causing Jim to reevaluate his situation with his wife and family?
3. How does Loretta initially react when Maureen tells her of her plans to marry Jim?
4. Why does Loretta seek shelter at the YMCA?
5. What is the topic of Jules's interview with the news reporter?
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 poverty-stricken and violent lifestyle endured by Loretta, as a child, continues on to her own children. Why is the cycle perpetuated with her own children? Is there anything she could have done differently do break this cycle? What was Loretta's childhood like? How did the cycle begin? Do you think Maureen will be able to break this cycle with her own child(ren)? 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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