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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. What does Claire learn are Adam's intentions with Helen?
2. Why does Claire take Kate to the doctor?
3. In addition to Claire, who else is attracted to Adam?
4. Why does Claire not call James on the day he is to return to the office?
5. What does Claire's husband tell her on the day she gives birth to their daughter?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Claire keep putting off calling James?
2. How does Claire show her feelings of loss as symbolized by her missing luggage at the airport?
3. What makes Claire cry after her meeting with James?
4. How does Claire meet Adam?
5. Why does Claire turn to alcohol during this time in her life?
6. What is the significance of the novel's title, WATERMELON?
7. Why is Adam unhappy about Claire's decision to return to James?
8. What does Adam's invitation to his flat foreshadow for Claire?
9. Describe the scenario when Claire confronts James and ends their marriage.
10. What is the culmination of the evening Claire and Adam spend together at his place?
Essay Topic 1
Loss is an important theme in WATERMELON. Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the role of the family in WATERMELON. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family to most Irish families living during the 1990s?
Essay Topic 3
What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book? List at least five and cite your reasons for each.
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