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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 beginning to be able to do in Chapter 7 of the second book?
2. What happens as Nadine and Jules are walking together and making plans to meet again?
3. What does Maureen do at the University of Detroit?
4. Why does Loretta seek shelter at the YMCA?
5. What year is it in Chapter 8 of the second book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
Jules and Maureen are both very optimistic as children, but are also capable of detaching themselves from frightening or emotionally damaging situations, such as their father's death. Is this an odd combination of character traits? Why or why not? What is the ultimate result of their hopefulness? Do you think that Betty is justified in ridiculing her siblings for their optimistic attitudes? Why or why not? In what ways are they similar to Loretta as a child? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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