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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. Who is the young man that Helen brings home for dinner?
2. What does James say when Claire finally calls him?
3. Why is Claire going into town the next day?
4. What does Claire's mother think that Helen needs in her life now?
5. How does Claire feel about Adam at this point?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Claire find out about Adam's intentions toward Helen?
2. Who is Laura and how does Claire know her?
3. What does Adam's invitation to his flat foreshadow for Claire?
4. How does Claire show her feelings of loss as symbolized by her missing luggage at the airport?
5. What irritates Claire when she and Adam meet for coffee?
6. How did Claire meet her husband, James?
7. Why does Claire feel so guilty after spending the evening with Laura and Adam?
8. What does Claire learn about the woman James is involved with and what does Claire decide to do?
9. Why does Claire keep putting off calling James?
10. What is the significance of the novel's title, WATERMELON?
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
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?
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