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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. How does Stephanie get Spiro to take her to the basement after someone goes missing?
2. After learning about the caskets that were found, Spiro leaves someone in charge of the funeral home for the afternoon. Who?
3. In Chapter Eleven, what do Stephanie and Morelli do together after her meeting with Spiro?
4. Why is Grandma Mazur eager to be seen in public after she is attacked?
5. In Chapter Fourteen, who goes missing at the funeral parlor?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Stephanie stakes out Kenny at the motel, does she work alone or with back-up, and why?
2. Why does it seem as though Joyce Barnhardt has had it out for Stephanie throughout their entire life?
3. What does the fact that Stephanie's mother tried to set Stephanie up with Spiro say about her mother's judgment?
4. What has changed about Stephanie's bedroom from the time she lived there in high school? What does this say about how Stephanie's mother views her?
5. Kenny's acts of violence start small and then progress into larger, more grotesque actions. Explain the escalation.
6. Why is it ironic that all of the women at the beauty parlor carry guns yet Stephanie does not?
7. How does Grandma Mazur save both herself and Stephanie from Kenny?
8. How does Stephanie physically describe the women in her family and how does this match up with their character?
9. Describe the type of style the women in the 'Burg aspire to. Does caring about beauty and fashion make them seem oppressed?
10. Stephanie observes that the widow of the fingerless man has never experienced independence and will not know how to handle independence now that her husband has died. How is this different from Stephanie's lifestyle?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Stephanie's independence is a driving force in the novel. How would the story be different if the lead character was not so fiercely independent?
Part 1) Acknowledge the many ways Stephanie exerts her independence. How does her independence affect her interpersonal relationships? Does it help them or hurt them?
Part 2) Cite examples in the story where Stephanie's independence either helped or hurt her. Could she have prevented the attack on Grandma Mazur? Was it her independence that made her a target?
Part 3) What do you think would happen if Stephanie had relied more upon Morelli or her family during the story, instead of trying to handle everything alone? Would the case have been solved sooner? Would it have been solved at all?
Essay Topic 2
Moral character is manipulated throughout this novel. For example, Stephanie thinks nothing of lying to the woman who broke up her marriage, as the woman thought nothing of breaking up Stephanie's marriage.
Cite five examples in the story where the rules of society are bent and seen as socially acceptable. Debate the rationale of what is "right" and "wrong" in each instance.
Essay Topic 3
The 'Burg was practically a character in the novel itself. This community had a life of its own and beliefs of its own that shaped the characters and the outcome of the story.
Part 1) Describe the 'Burg. What were its unique qualities? How did its character affect the story?
Part 2) What is the significance of the 'Burg in this novel? Could the same story be as believable without the 'Burg as a location?
Part 3) If you were to offer up a different setting for the story, what would be a location option as strong as this one and why?
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