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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 Judd thinking as he listens to his heartbeat?

2. Why is Judd referred to as the caboose?

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

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

5. What does Judd say about the newspaper where he is editor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Marianne leave Penelope Hagstrom's?

2. What does Corrine mean by Marianne's rag-quilt life?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. What makes Patrick decide to let Zach live?

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

8. 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?

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

10. At what kind of place in her life is Corrine as she plans for the Fourth of July celebration in 1993?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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