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. When does the detective want Jo to return to the station?

2. How does Daniel respond to Jo in Chapter 12?

3. In Chapter 11, where does Jo meet someone?

4. Jo's daughters feel that she is ________________ which hurts Jo's feelings.

5. Why does the police detective call and ask Jo to return to the station?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Eli and Dana's relationship begin and what did Eli get Dana to agree to in a year?

2. How does the police detective respond when Jo tells him of Eli's murder confession?

3. How does Jo indicate with her actions what she hopes will come from reconnecting with Eli?

4. What does Sadie tell Jo about why Jo's daughters always argue with each other and why is the reason so upsetting for Jo?

5. Why does Daniel not respond the way Jo thinks he should when she tells him about reporting Eli to the Cambridge police?

6. Why does Daniel not seem to like Eli?

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

8. How has Jo's secret meeting with Eli damaged her relationship with Daniel?

9. How does Jo indicate by her actions in Boston what her intentions with Eli are?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of struggling with personal identity is an important one in this novel. Describe how it extends through setting, character, and issues. Provide examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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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