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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 does Patrick go in September 1976?

2. How does Corrine say the country club discriminates against her family?

3. How does Corrine find out that Marianne has been raped?

4. To Judd, what does Patrick's request seem to be?

5. If it is not time at High Point Farm, what is it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the title of the story imply in comparison to the title of the first chapter, "Storybook House?"

2. What role does Marianne's brother Patrick play the night of the Valentine's Dance that haunts him years after that night?

3. Why is Michael Sr. obsessed with finding the right lawyer for a lawsuit, and what is he actually suing for?

4. What is the toll on Judd as his siblings leave home?

5. Why is Judd so insistent to find out what has happened to his sister that he put the family in such a turmoil?

6. What is the family code discussed in the chapter by the same title, and in what way does Marianne break the code?

7. In the chapter, "Imminent Mortality", how does Michael Sr. react to the news that his daughter has been raped?

8. What kind of relationship does Michael Sr. have with his own father?

9. What questions are triggered about himself as Patrick thinks about the drawing, "The Huntsman?"

10. What does Lydia Bethune tell Corrine about Marianne and what bothers her the most about the revelation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Corrine learn about herself after Michael leaves? How does she handle life without him?

Essay Topic 2

What is the symbolism of the 4th of July family reunion to each of the members of the family, in particular Judd?

Essay Topic 3

Explain what sending Marianne away to live with a cousin they hardly knew was supposed to accomplish. After reading the entire story, does it accomplish that? If not, why not?

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