While I Was Gone 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 is Daniel's advice to Jo regarding turning Eli in to the police?

2. Where do Jo and her mother go to listen to Christmas music?

3. What does Jo not mention when talking to Sadie about Jo's history?

4. What is the upcoming holiday in Chapter 10?

5. Why did the couple who attended the holiday party not buy a home like Jo's?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of party does Jo want to have, and whom does she make a special point to call and invite?

2. How has Eli rationalized his guilt over killing Dana?

3. What holiday disaster had Daniel feared, and how did he avoid it?

4. What are Jo's thoughts as she drives to Cambridge to report Eli to the police?

5. Why do Jo and Eli meet, and what do each of them say about their respective marriages?

6. Why is Daniel both relieved and upset when Jo updates him on the police's unwillingness to investigate Eli?

7. What are Jo's reactions after she leaves the police station?

8. Describe the setting in which Eli killed Dana.

9. How does Jo's reporting Eli's murder impact Sadie's life in a way Jo never considered?

10. Are Jo's concerns for Cass' welfare particularly painful because Jo lived a similar lifestyle in her youth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title--WHILE I WAS GONE. Why did Miller choose this title? Is there an understood message in the title? Is there another title you can suggest that might be more appropriate?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Miller's writing style. How is she different from other writers of her time? What are some of her characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of her classic style in WHILE I WAS GONE.

Essay Topic 3

Jo spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate her life. What does she think about? What conclusions does she arrive at? Explain why she is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.

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