Truth & Beauty: A Friendship Test | Final 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 promise did Lucy make to Ann?

2. What was the name of Ann's most recent novel?

3. What type of courses did Lucy get accepted in but never attended?

4. What did Lucy give Ann for Christmas in Chapter 15?

5. What did Ann demand that Lucy got while in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Ann naively view Lucy's drug addiction and suicide attempts?

2. What was the final defeat in Lucy's struggle to have her face reconstructed?

3. Describe Lucy's health in Chapter 15.

4. What name did Ann and Lucy come up with to describe their bad times with Lucy's addictions and suicide attempts?

5. What kind of help did Lucy seek for her addictions, and how did she lie about what she was really doing?

6. What was Lucy's first suicide attempt, and how did she try to convince Ann that her life was better?

7. Describe how Lucy and Ann were polar opposites in personality.

8. How did Ann choose to think about Lucy after her death?

9. Even though she had career success, Lucy felt that romantic love was missing in her life. What did she do to try to remedy that situation?

10. How did Ann show that she was the ultimate mother figure to Lucy after her radical surgery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author tells her story through a series of flashbacks. Why did she choose to tell her story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated? Is there any other way to write a memoir?

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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