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. Where did Ann move to after the Iowa Writers' Workshop was completed?

2. Ann was amazed at Lucy's autobiographical essay about _____________________.

3. How did Lucy feel about Ann's relationship with the man she dated?

4. Ann was accepted into the Fine Arts Work Center in which city?

5. Why did Lucy take out a government loan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did Ann represent in her friendship with Lucy?

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

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

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

5. Describe an event in which Lucy was bullied in Scotland.

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

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

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

9. What were the circumstances of Lucy's disfigured face?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It has been said that creative people such as writers and artists have some degree of mental illness which makes their work brilliant. Explain whether or not you think mental illness shaped Lucy's life and work.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of the search for love is an important one in the novel. How does the author begin to build this theme? Give examples of the search for love throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the book. Why would writers have a lonely life even though it may have seemed exciting and glamorous to other people? Why would Lucy have had an especially lonely life because of the lack of romantic partners who were willing to see past her physical challenges? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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