Watermelon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Marian Keyes
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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 does Claire think James really is when he does not take her call?

2. When does Claire get the urge to call James?

3. Why will Claire not sell her share of their flat to James?

4. What does Claire's husband tell her on the day she gives birth to their daughter?

5. Where does Claire linger in the hopes of running into Adam?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Claire meet her husband, James?

2. How does Claire begin to come out of The Great Terror period in her life?

3. How does Claire find out about Adam's intentions toward Helen?

4. Why does Claire feel so guilty after spending the evening with Laura and Adam?

5. What irritates Claire when she and Adam meet for coffee?

6. How does the author show that Claire is conflicted about whether or not she should spend time with Adam?

7. What news does James deliver to Claire in her hospital room?

8. What does Claire learn about the woman James is involved with and what does Claire decide to do?

9. Why does Claire shop for clothes in town?

10. What is the significance of the novel's title, WATERMELON?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for Claire's life. Will Adam still be such a powerful presence in her life? What kind of child is Kate? What role does James play in Claire and Kate's lives? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

What is the overall setting for the novel? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Keyes choose to use these places in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

WATERMELON is a classic story of loss and renewal. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

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