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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. In the chapter titled "Reverse Prayer", what does Patrick say to Judd when he calls?

2. In the chapter "Plastica," what does Patrick tell Judd when he calls home?

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

4. What happens when Marianne drops her garment bag?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In the chapter, "Every Heartbeat," what is it that Judd suddenly realizes?

4. 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?

5. When entering a debate about the war in Vietnam, what is it that Corrine compares that war to, and why?

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

7. When Patrick speaks on the phone with his sister Marianne, what might be said about the background noise that is taking place at her end of the line?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There were many nicknames for the characters in the novel. What can be told about each of the characters at various points in their lives by the nicknames that are used?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the novel, "We Were the Mulvaneys." Is it a dark novel filled with tragedy, or is it a novel of light and hope? In what ways does the novel contrast between the two?

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