Truth & Beauty: A Friendship Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann Patchett
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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. Which television show did Lucy appear on while in New York?


3. Lucy said that her life became dependent on ________________.

4. Which of the following did a fortune teller NOT tell Lucy?

5. Lucy found strength and _________________ in suffering and cruelty.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was B- and what role did he play in Lucy and Ann's life?

2. With whom did Lucy fall in love in Provincetown, and how did he affect her life?

3. Why was Lucy upset about Ann's dating a poet while living in Kentucky?

4. By what standard did Ann measure success in her life?

5. Who was Dennis, and why was he not a positive force in Ann's life?

6. What was Ann's experience with the philanthropist adviser in New York?

7. Why was Lucy's life such an anomaly?

8. How did Ann's insecurities surface, especially in the incident with the philanthropist adviser?

9. What is shared about Lucy's childhood in Chapter 3?

10. How did Ann and Lucy view writing at this point in their lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of regret. Identify at least two examples about regret in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of regret.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Ann and Lucy. In what ways were they alike? In what ways were they dramatically different? What drew them together initially? What was the basis of their long-term friendship? Was the friendship an equitable one? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Substance abuse seemed to be an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive was the abuse? Why did it have such a prevalent place in Lucy's life? How did it affect her? How does it affect those impacted by Lucy's abuse? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

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