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. What part of the house makes Mikey remember the time he danced with his sister at a party?

2. When Mikey is lying in bed thinking, which debate is he thinking about and replaying in his mind?

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

4. How long have Silas and Alec been best friends?

5. What tiny animal comes in through the window and drinks from Mikey's water glass?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two revelations does Lydia make when the letter arrives to her from Martha in Toronto.

2. What is Mikey's reaction to reading that he is the product of a rape in his mother's diary?

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

4. Why does Kate begin to grow suspicious of her secret meetings with Mikey?

5. How does Kate react to Mikey while she is staying with him?

6. When Silas returns from the hospital, where he attempted to pick up Lydia, what fears is he suddenly seized with?

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

8. What happened at a dinner party, which outraged Lydia so much that she never wanted Kate near Mikey again?

9. Why is Lydia frustrated with Mikey when she returns from the hospital, and what is his reaction to her frustration?

10. What unusual event happens when Silas is at the grocery store at the opening of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In order to get what he wants, Mikey typically uses vulnerable women to give it to him. Give three examples of times when Mikey has used his attractiveness to get what he wants from women. Then, explain what the downside of seducing these women has had on Mikey's life.

Essay Topic 2

Although Mireille is a minor character in this novel, she proves to be a symbol for many of the underlying themes. Briefly explain what happens to Mireille as a child, and why her story is symbolic of the family problems in the Ali family, and the disintegration the family is slowly enduring.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel, both Lydia and Michael have left their hometown to relocate from their memories of Du Boise. Explain why each of these characters has chosen a life on the run, rather than a settled life. Then, explain what measures each character takes to ensure that Silas will never be able to find them.

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