We Were the Mulvaneys Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Judd think bothers his brother, Mike, the most about their sister's rape?

2. How does Corrine say the country club discriminates against her family?

3. What happens when Michael sees Zachary Lundt?

4. What is significant about the dress Marianne wears to the Valentine's Dance?

5. What does Mrs. Lundt do from another part of the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why, if Abelove loves Marianne, doesn't he search harder for her after she leaves?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. How does Judd explain to Patrick about their mother's behavior on Sunday mornings?

10. What makes Patrick decide to let Zach live?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Have the students write an essay about Michael Mulvaney's relationship with his own father and how that might have impacted the kind of father he was.

Essay Topic 3

What does the Stump Creek Hill Animal Shelter and Hospital represent to Marianne? Can it be compared in any way to other places in the story? Does what the shelter represents change for Marianne as the story progresses? Or, do the changes in Marianne change what the shelter is to her? Whatever the case, explain exactly what changes have taken place.

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