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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. When Patrick calls home in the chapter, "Reverse Prayer," what does he tell Judd he wants to do?

2. If it is not time at High Point Farm, what is it?

3. Why does Patrick suddenly try to change?

4. What happens when Marianne drops her garment bag?

5. How does Corrine find out that Marianne has been raped?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about Judd as he watches the dogs rush into the pond as they chase the doe he had been watching?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. What role does Marianne's brother Patrick play the night of the Valentine's Dance that haunts him years after that night?

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

Why is Marianne drawn to the Green Isle Co-Op to the point that she is willing to give up her college education to work more there? Is the Co-Op filling some kind of void in her life? Is it the feeling of accomplishment? In contrast, why does Patrick feel so negatively about Marianne working at the Co-Op? Does he think she is too good to work while in college? What seems to upset him the most?

Essay Topic 3

Explain what happens to Michael Mulvaney after his daughter is raped. Nothing seems to help him and no matter what anyone does it only seems to make him worse. Is he drinking more to numb the pain he feels? Or, is the way he feels driving him to drink? Is it really a sudden problem rising up after Marianne's rape? Explain what is happening to him and the contrast in him in the twelve-year span of his part of the story.

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