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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Loretta's attitude change when she finds out that Jim is married?
2. How does Mort feel about America?
3. How much time has passed between Maureen's year of catatonia, and the present time in Chapter 8 of the second book?
4. Where does Jules see Nadine again, after their long separation following the ill-fated road trip?
5. To whom is Maureen writing in Chapter 8 of the second book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author barely mentions Loretta's two youngest children, Betty and Ronnie. Why do you think they are such minor characters? Why does the author focus only on Loretta's two oldest children? Would you, as a reader, have liked to know more about the two younger children? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
When Howard dies, Jules struggles to remember anything about him, and knows only that he doesn't want to suffer the same fate with his own children. Why do you think this is so? Does Jules know why he feels this way about his father? Do you think he has a plan for how to avoid this fate with his children? What are some factors that contributed to Jules' lack of a relationship with his father? How might Jules remedy these problems with his own children? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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