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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Loretta blame for the disconnect between herself and her children?
2. What about Jules bothers his girlfriend?
3. Where do Jules and Nadine go after becoming reacquainted?
4. What prevents Nadine from committing fully to a relationship with Jules?
5. What does Jules encourage Maureen to do when he visits her in Dearborn?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author states that Maureen's character is based upon one of the author's former university students. Do you think that everything that occurs in the novel, therefore, is true? Why or why not? If not, which parts do you think are fictionalized or exaggerated? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
One of the literary techniques employed by the author is that of switching viewpoints between the characters. How effective is this technique? Why? What does it help to accomplish? Is there another, more effective way to accomplish the same result? If so, what is it? Did you like this style of writing? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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