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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. How does Claire pay for her purchases in town?
2. What is the purpose of Claire's trip into town?
3. How does Claire feel about James at this point?
4. What does Claire's husband tell her on the day she gives birth to their daughter?
5. After whom does Claire name her daughter?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Claire find out about Adam's intentions toward Helen?
2. How does the author show Claire's fragile state of mind regarding her marriage?
3. Who is Laura and how does Claire know her?
4. What is the significance of the novel's title, WATERMELON?
5. Why does Claire shop for clothes in town?
6. Explain how Adam outrageously flirts with Claire.
7. Why does Claire feel so guilty after spending the evening with Laura and Adam?
8. How does Claire begin to come out of The Great Terror period in her life?
9. What news does James deliver to Claire in her hospital room?
10. What does Claire say to Adam at the gym that puts a strain on the outing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Explain the ongoing conflict between Claire and James. What are the main sources of the conflicts? Why does it perpetuate? What does Claire learn about the reality of her life with James as opposed to the perceptions she has held for so long?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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