Bitter Fruit 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. How does Lydia feel about Kate?

2. Which of the following is NOT something Mikey finds in his mother's desk drawers?

3. Which of the following adjectives best describes Julian Solomon's marriage?

4. What does Lydia reveal about her relationship with Du Boise?

5. Where did Kate's lover, Marguerite, used to live before returning to Kate's home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mikey come to find himself in possession of his mother's diary?

2. What is "Playing Gandhi"?

3. What does Kate think about when she pulls away from Mikey's house, after he asks her to gather papers on Du Boise?

4. Why does Silas phone Alec, and what is he suddenly suspicious of him?

5. What does Silas think about as he is driving home from the hospital after refusing medical care?

6. Why does Alec become so outraged that he must leave his bedroom and make himself a cup of tea?

7. As an adult looking back, how does Mikey describe his relationship with his mother as a child?

8. How does Lydia react to the news that Mikey has not come to visit with her at the hospital?

9. How does Mikey treat the small bird that flies in through his kitchen window?

10. How does Lydia react to the broken glass beneath her feet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the biggest acts of betrayal in this novel is the way that Alec betrays his friendship with Silas and keeps a dark secret from him for almost twenty years. Explain what secret Alec is keeping from Silas, and what lengths he goes to in order to ensure that the secret would never come out. Then, explain why Alec finally decides to tell Silas, and how this admittance affected their relationship.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Lydia deals with the history of her attack in many self-harming ways. Briefly describe two scenes in which Lydia deals with her pain by harming herself. Then, explain how Lydia begins to overcome her demons and take back the control in her life. In your opinion, what event is the turning point in Lydia's life? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Although Du Boise is not present in most of the text, his character proves to be one of the most influential characters in the novel. Briefly describe Du Boise as he is presented in the text, and explain how one action in his life has so deeply affected all the members of the Ali family.

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