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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. In what city does Claire live?
2. How does Claire purchase the items for dinner?
3. What does Adam say to Claire that unnerves her?
4. What gesture does Claire extend as a sign that she wants to apologize to her family?
5. Who does Claire take with her to town?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of the novel's title, WATERMELON?
2. Why does Claire feel so guilty after spending the evening with Laura and Adam?
3. Why does Claire not feel happy about going back to James?
4. How does Claire respond to James' phone calls when she returns to her parents' home?
5. What is Claire's overall demeanor when James arrives at her parents' home?
6. What news does James reveal to Claire at the restaurant?
7. What does Claire learn about James from her friend, Judy?
8. What is the nature of Claire and Adam's relationship as the novel ends?
9. How does Claire show her feelings of loss as symbolized by her missing luggage at the airport?
10. How does James try to make Claire jealous?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast James and Adam. Both men want influence over Claire but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Both Claire and Laura enter into relationships with men who are younger than they are. What was the initial attraction for both couples? What are some of the benefits they experience in their relationships? What are some of the drawbacks? Why are these types of relationships more acceptable today than they were 20 or 30 years ago? Explain.
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