Bitter Fruit 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. Whom does Silas call a traitor while out for dinner and drinks?

2. Why is Julian's home selected to host Silas's birthday party?

3. What does Silas decide to do to win Lydia back from Joao?

4. What is the name of Silas's mother?

5. What did Michael do so that no passers-by would recognize what he was doing during the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Michael witnessed a convoy of cars outside his father's birthday party?

2. What happens when Michael finally comes face-to-face with Du Boise in the shopping mall?

3. Where does Michael shoot Vinu's father, and what is his reaction to the crime?

4. What story of abuse does Vinu tell Michael when she meets him at his home?

5. What information does Michael have, and think about, before he shoots Du Boise?

6. Who is Joao?

7. How does Silas react to having Lydia back in their home to recover?

8. How does Lydia react to the news that Du Boise is dead?

9. What happens between Lydia and Mikey when Silas leaves the house after a fight with his wife?

10. How does Silas react to Vinu being at Mam Agnes' anniversary party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the second half of the text, Mikey is performing a "separation" of his own, getting rid of all the men he believes deserve to die in South Africa. Explain what criteria Mikey uses in selecting his murder victims, and then explain how each of the murders shapes Mikey as he matures into manhood.

Essay Topic 2

The marriage between Silas and Lydia is marked by infidelities. Create a timeline of infidelities committed by both Silas and Lydia, and explain what effect these infidelities had on their marriage. Then, explain why the two decide to stay together when it is obvious they no longer love each other.

Essay Topic 3

The novel is entitled "Bitter Fruit" and the cover depicts a split-open pomegranate spilling its seeds or two pomegranates that are red below and green at the top depending on the edition. These elements provide rich symbolism for the story of the Ali family as a whole. Briefly describe what symbolism is held in the title of this novel, and explain how the state of the pomegranate can symbolize the plight of the Ali family throughout the text.

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