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. What were Ann's accommodations at Yaddo?

2. Lucy won the Bunting fellowship and the _____________ fellowship.

3. In Provincetown, Lucy was working against a/an _________________ deadline.

4. Which of the following did Lucy NOT ask Ann?

5. What was Terezin?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lucy's life change after the release of her award-winning book?

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

3. What were Lucy's accommodations at Yaddo, and what was the only negative of the experience?

4. What did Lucy find strength in what made her consider writing non-fiction instead of fiction?

5. Why was Ann Patchett looking for an apartment in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1985?

6. Why did Lucy hate Aberdeen and what did Ann think about it when she visited Lucy there?

7. How did Lucy struggle in Bunting and then in Provincetown?

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

9. How could Ann's love for Lucy have been called unconditional?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the overall setting and time period for Ann and Lucy's friendship? What were some of the places they shared? What were some places that they experienced separately? How important are the time period and settings to the attitudes and issues of Ann and Lucy?

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief study of Ann Patchett. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What were her primary motivations during her life?

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