1. What promise did Ruth make to Dee-Dee when she left Suffolk for New York City?

2. In which neighborhood did Dennis and Ruth live with their eight children?

3. Which of James's siblings left home during his/her adolescence?

4. When Ruth returns home to Suffolk after her abortion in New York, what does she learn about Peter?

5. Why does Ruth's father prohibit her from attending her own graduation?

6. What does Ruth do when her father forbids her from attending graduation?

7. Why does Ruth feel particularly comfortable with Frances's family?

8. Which instrument does James play?

9. What is the cause of Dennis's death?

10. When James was a teenager, his family moved from Queens to which state?