Visions of Sugar Plums Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens at the workshop shortly after Stephanie and Diesel leave?

2. How long does it take to buy the Christmas trees?

3. Lula tells Diesel that __________ is her middle name.

4. What object does Lula notice and comment on in the car next to her?

5. How often does Elaine bake cookies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Plums live in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, NJ. The neighborhood is fondly referred to as "the 'Burg" to its residents, most of which are Italian or Hungarian. Stephanie Plum is half of each ethnicity. Discuss ethnic neighborhoods and how they differ from mixed neighborhoods. Also discuss the strong sense of community ingrained in the 'Burg and its people.

Essay Topic 2

Grandma Mazur is Helen Plum's mother and Frank Plum's archenemy. Discuss Grandma Mazur and why she drives Frank crazy. Discuss Grandma's relationship with Helen, Stephanie, and Valerie. Where does Grandma like to spend her time? Why does she live with Frank and Helen? What kind of influence does Grandma have on Stephanie?

Essay Topic 3

Helen Plum is a strict Catholic and devoted wife and mother. Unfortunately, Helen often finds it necessary to have a nip of whiskey on occasion. What causes Helen to reach for the whiskey bottle? Why does Helen try to hide it? Do you think she has an alcohol problem? Which two people are most likely to cause Helen to drink? Explain at least one episode in which Helen reached for the bottle to calm her nerves.

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