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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 does Claire ask to babysit Kate?
2. How does James try to intimidate Claire into staying?
3. How does Claire feel about James' tone regarding her return?
4. What does James say that Claire always demanded in their marriage?
5. What does James want to know when he calls Claire from London?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does James declare to Claire when he returns to her parents' home?
2. How does James undermine Claire's decision to return to him?
3. How does Claire consider Kate's needs as she tries to realign her life?
4. What does Claire learn about James' true feelings for her from James' business partner, George?
5. What does Claire learn about James from her friend, Judy?
6. What living arrangements and custody agreement do Claire and James agree to?
7. Describe the scenario when Claire confronts James and ends their marriage.
8. How does Claire shock her mother in Chapter 23?
9. How does Claire's fluctuating self esteem have her second-guessing herself as a person?
10. What is the nature of Claire and Adam's relationship as the novel ends?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Compare and contrast James and Adam. Both men want influence over Claire but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?
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