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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the name of the main character in Martin's play?
2. According to Karen on page 139, what point does Sarah's book omit?
3. According to Karen on page 154, what about David has increased over time?
4. What is the name of the bookstore where Sarah's book signing is held in the second section of the novel?
5. According to Karen on page 184, who will play the lead role in Martin's play?
Short Essay Questions
1. What career path did David follow after graduating from high school, as revealed on page 149? What failures did he experience, and what successes?
2. According to Karen, what did she do following her graduation from high school? What did Sarah do?
3. What is the "Brotherhood" Karen discusses on page 150? For what is this brotherhood responsible, in Karen's opinion?
4. What information does Karen learn from the article, as revealed on page 165-166?
5. What information does David reveal to Karen on page 156? How does David feel about his information?
6. What does Karen do on the opening night of Martin's play? Why does she do this?
7. How does Karen's father help Karen prepare for Martin's play? What items does Karen get?
8. According to Karen at the start of the second section of the novel, what is the truth regarding the friendship between Sarah and Karen?
9. What personal issue has Karen discussed in therapy, as revealed on page 181? What does she reveal to the reader about this aspect of her personality?
10. What does Karen ask Sarah to do following their meeting after Sarah's book signing? How does Sarah respond?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The characters in this novel all highlight the idea the past is never truly past. Choose three characters and explain how each illustrates this idea, using textual evidence to support your claims.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the importance of the mothers to the novel. Despite the fact that neither Sarah’s, Karen’s, or Claire’s mother plays a big role in the novel, they have a powerful impact on the novel’s plot and themes. Discuss the impact of these women and how they help develop the plot and themes of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Heartbreak is a major theme of the novel. Choose three situations in which this theme is illustrated. Explain how each situation illustrates the theme of heartbreak, and evaluate what the author is trying to say about this subject.
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