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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. Where will Adam and his daughter be living?
2. Why does Claire dress up Kate this morning?
3. What time has James promised to call Claire?
4. What does Helen wish regarding Claire and Adam's relationship?
5. What shocking thing does Claire tell James?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Claire's mother and sister do to help bolster her confidence prior to her call with James?
2. What is the nature of Claire and Adam's relationship as the novel ends?
3. Where is Claire preparing to go in Chapter 21?
4. Why can Laura not give Claire any advice before Claire's call with James?
5. How does Claire respond to James' phone calls when she returns to her parents' home?
6. What does Adam share about his ex-girlfriend and daughter?
7. How does Claire consider Kate's needs as she tries to realign her life?
8. What does James declare to Claire when he returns to her parents' home?
9. What does Claire learn about James' true feelings for her from James' business partner, George?
10. How does James undermine Claire's decision to return to him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
Betrayal seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of betrayal? Why does it have such a prevalent place in Claire's life? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.
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