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. Where does Nora's father live?

2. To whom does Jessie sign over the deed to her house?

3. What does Pat realize when he visits his wife at her father's home?

4. What is Jack's only regret about his crime?

5. Where does Pat have his meals after Nora leaves him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What purchases does Jack make prior to leaving town for good?

2. What happens to finally make the townspeople leave Jessie alone?

3. Why do so many people in town turn up at the diner when Jack returns to town?

4. Why does Jack's crime make the people of Holt dislike Jessie even more?

5. Why is the sheriff unable to keep Jack locked up?

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

7. Who are Jessie and Jack's children?

8. Why do the townspeople feel cheated of justice, and who do they turn their wrath toward when they cannot take legal action against Charlie Soames?

9. After Jack has been gone for awhile, what shocking and public action does Jessie take?

10. What does Jack warn Pat about when Pat visits him in jail?

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

What is the point of view of the story? What are the benefits and the limitations to this particular point of view? How is the point of view determined? Provide an example that supports your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Survival seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of survival? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

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