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. Which one of Claire's sisters is the free-spirited one?

2. What gesture does Claire extend as a sign that she wants to apologize to her family?

3. Who does Claire run into while out with the person in #62?

4. What do Claire, Helen and Anna eat while talking in Helen's room?

5. With what has Adam come home to help Helen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an important theme in the first section of the book?

2. How did Claire meet her husband, James?

3. How does Claire meet Adam?

4. How does the author show that Adam is on Claire's mind all the time now?

5. What realities does Claire realize that she must face now?

6. What is especially gratifying to Claire about the dinner she shops for and prepares for her family?

7. What is The Great Terror?

8. What date is important to the protagonist of the story and why is it important?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Keyes end the story on a note of hope for Claire or the continuance of her struggle to come to terms with her flawed relationship with James? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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