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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 is written about Patrick Mulvaney's intelligence?

2. What does Judd say about setting down the truth of this story?

3. What do Marianne's parents give her on her sixteenth birthday that she now fears is broken?

4. When does Michael realize he is in love with Corrine?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Judd happens upon his father talking to his older brothers about some kind of secret. What is the discussion about and what is the significance of the discussion?

3. Does Patrick set off the stink bomb perfectly timed to coincide with his valedictorian speech? And, if so, what reasons does he have to do it?

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

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

6. What is happening to Michael Sr. when he visits the bar in the Mt. Ephraim Country Club that causes him to throw the contents of his glass of beer into Judge Gerald Kirkland's face?

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

8. What is Michael's reaction when Mort Lundt explains that he grounded his son for six weeks as though what his son did was bad, but not criminal?

9. As one reads about the Valentine's Dance and Marianne Mulvaney being the only junior elected to the King and Queen's court, what do we learn about her?

10. What upsets Corrine when she finds a matchbook in Michael's pants pocket from the Wolf's Head Inn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 does the Stump Creek Hill Animal Shelter and Hospital represent to Marianne? Can it be compared in any way to other places in the story? Does what the shelter represents change for Marianne as the story progresses? Or, do the changes in Marianne change what the shelter is to her? Whatever the case, explain exactly what changes have taken place.

Essay Topic 3

Have the students consider Marianne's reaction to the gray animal hit by the car and why she reacted the way she did. It was more than her love for animals. There is a name for it, though the medical profession was just beginning to understand it at the time this story took place. Explain what happened.

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