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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 happens when Judd asks Patrick what happened to Marianne?

2. What does the woodcut make Patrick wonder about himself?

3. In the chapter, "The Assault," why does Michael Mulvaney go to Mort Lundt's house?

4. Why does Patrick suddenly try to change?

5. Why doesn't Patrick recognize Marianne when he finally sees her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Judd reveal in the extremely short chapter, "Gone?"

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism of the country club to Michael Mulvaney and how does it differ from what it symbolizes to his wife, Corrine? They both appeared to view the country club from different perspectives. Why is that?

Essay Topic 2

In what way is Mike Jr.'s leaving different from the way Michael Sr. left his family when he was a teen? In what ways is it the same?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the reaction of the family to the trauma of Marianne's rape and the changes they all underwent because of it. Are the actions of the people in town avoiding them part of what causes those changes, or are the changes part of what causes the people in town to avoid them? Explain your answer.

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