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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. What does Marianne thank God for after the rape?

2. In the chapter titled "Phase," what does Michael Sr. begin doing late at night?

3. Who starts calling Mike Jr. "Mule"?

4. Why is Marianne disturbed about "Feathers", their bird?

5. Who is P.J.?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Michael Sr. want done with his body after he dies?

2. What does Dr. Whittaker West do for Marianne that makes her very grateful?

3. How does Corrine react to Judd's moving away from home?

4. In the chapter, "Tears," what is it that Marianne is patiently waiting for?

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

6. At what kind of place is Judd as he heads to the Fourth of July celebration in 1993?

7. What is Judd's motivation to agree when his brother, Patrick, calls and confirms he is still planning to "extract justice" by possibly killing Zach Lundt?

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

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

10. What is the purpose of putting a lewd drawing on the seat of Marianne's chair in French class, and what happens because of it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain what happens to Michael Mulvaney after his daughter is raped. Nothing seems to help him and no matter what anyone does it only seems to make him worse. Is he drinking more to numb the pain he feels? Or, is the way he feels driving him to drink? Is it really a sudden problem rising up after Marianne's rape? Explain what is happening to him and the contrast in him in the twelve-year span of his part of the story.

Essay Topic 2

What are the reasons Marianne leaves her job at the Co-Op? What are her reasons for leaving her job with Miss Hagstrom? Compare the reasons. Are there any common denominators that might explain what is going on inside Marianne's head at those points in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

What do Judd's realizations in the chapter "Every Heartbeat," reveal about him at that point of the story? Explain how that realization could have had an impact on his reaction to all the things that were happening to his family after Marianne's rape.

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