While I Was Gone 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. Why does Jo go to the attic when she gets home in the evening?

2. What is the demeanor of Dana's sisters when they come to the house to get Dana's belongings?

3. Why did Licia give money to Duncan one day?

4. How many children are in Dana's family?

5. Jo recalls that Eli Mayhew was the only person in the house who studied _________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Licia seem to fit in so well with the group members who seem to have no real plans?

2. What does Dana think Licia might be when she catches Licia in lies?

3. Which characters comprise Jo's family?

4. What does Dana's murder signify for the housemates?

5. How is Jo impatient with Daniel's needs when she wants to talk, and how does she try to mend things on Sunday morning?

6. Who is Jean Bennett and in what circumstances does Jo meet her?

7. Who are Jo and Daniel's daughters and how are they different from each other?

8. What was the nature of the relationship between Licia and Dana?

9. What are the circumstances in which Jo meets Daniel?

10. How does Jo confuse Jean Bennett when telling her how Jo knows Jean's husband, Eli Mayhew?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think Jo is really searching for in her life? Why is she always dissatisfied with the state of her life? What would really make Jo happy? Why was the happiest time in Jo's life a time when she was living with an alias?

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Jo. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Jo?

Essay Topic 3

The flashback portions of the story take place as America is experiencing the hippie generation, the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and drug usage in the late 1960s. Explain the significance of these political and cultural events on the housemates.

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