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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Jim find himself attracted to Maureen?

2. Who has been visiting Loretta and her children in Chapter 7 of the second book?

3. What does Jules encourage Maureen to do when he visits her in Dearborn?

4. How do Maureen and Loretta feel about black people?

5. Why does Jules get out of the car that he had ridden in?

Essay Topics

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

Maureen went to college in hopes of bettering her situation. Did she get what she wanted? If her plan was to marry someone who could take care of her, why bother going to college? Do you think she was better off with the choice she made, to marry Jim and have him take care of her? Or do you think it would have been better if she had finished school, gotten a job, and taken care of herself? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Books one and two both end with a catastrophic event for one of the main characters. Why do you think that the author decided to structure the novel this way? What are the benefits of creating such a structure? What are the drawbacks? What are some other ways in which the author might have chosen to structure the novel? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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