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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 Michael sees Zachary Lundt?

2. Who approaches Corrine at the post office?

3. Who is Muffin?

4. What words does Michael say at Schroon Lake that Corrine remembers twenty-four years later as she sits in Dr. Oakley's office?

5. Who is Jill James?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

9. What event occurs to Corrine in 1938 that she attributes to providence, and why does she say she is spared from death?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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