Where You Once Belonged: A Novel Test | Final 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 message does Jessie publish for the townspeople to read?

2. How long had Jack been gone from Holt?

3. How can Jessie best be characterized?

4. Who makes the decision to not put Charlie on trial?

5. What does Jack do to his family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jessie like, and what do the townspeople think of her?

2. How do Pat and Jessie become romantically involved?

3. What are some of the things Pat does to ingratiate himself with Jessie and her sons?

4. What happens when Charlie's suicide attempt fails?

5. What personal tragedy does Pat suffer in the Summer of 1982?

6. Why are the people of Holt so angry at Charlie Soames?

7. How does Jessie find out that Jack has returned to town?

8. Who are Jessie and Jack's children?

9. Who becomes the target of the townspeople's wrath when they cannot get any justice through Charlie Soames?

10. What is the only thing Jessie can think to do in order to repay the townspeople for Jack's crime?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting of "Where You Once Belonged". Why did the author choose the setting that he did? What time period does the story cover? How do these things impact a story?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in the mid- to late-20th century when the women in the novel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms do they have that women in prior times did not have?

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