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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 starts calling Mike Jr. "Mule"?

2. What is written about Mike Jr. as a baby?

3. How does Corrine feel about the Mt. Ephraim Country Club?

4. What does Mike Jr. do after a fight with his father?

5. How many members of the Mulvaney family are there at the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Marianne run away from the Green Isle Co-Op without a word to anyone?

2. What does Marianne do when Abelove's assistant, Birk, disappears?

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

4. What happens when Judd tries to protect his mother from his father's abuse?

5. What happens at the rock concert that Patrick attends that Judd believes sets off a long series of criminal events in which he assisted Patrick?

6. After Corrine learns her daughter had been raped, what does she think about doing to cover for Marianne missing school?

7. What does Marianne think will happen when she goes to her Grandmother Hauseman's funeral?

8. 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?

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

10. What seems to be happening to Corrine in the chapter, "Hard Reckoning?"

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why is Marianne drawn to the Green Isle Co-Op to the point that she is willing to give up her college education to work more there? Is the Co-Op filling some kind of void in her life? Is it the feeling of accomplishment? In contrast, why does Patrick feel so negatively about Marianne working at the Co-Op? Does he think she is too good to work while in college? What seems to upset him the most?

Essay Topic 2

What is the purpose behind Patrick setting off the stink bomb at his graduation? Is he bitter about the way people are treating his family? Is it a prank meant to show off how intelligent he is? Is it a way to get out of giving the valedictorian speech? What other possible reasons might he have had?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Patrick begin having problems with his class work? Does he really disagree with Dr. Herring or is he just being defiant? Why, after being such a good student up until that point is he assigned a new thesis adviser?

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