Dietland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sarai Walker
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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 does Julia have tattooed all over her chest?

2. What is Plum's last name?

3. What does Verena reveal as Plum's first step on the "New Baptist Plan" (110)?

4. How does Plum's mother feel about Plum's plan to have bariatric surgery?

5. What is the title of the booklet that enrages the woman at the Baptist Diet meeting and causes her to leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the terrorist organization known as Jennifer claim responsibility for the murders of Michael Simmons and Davis Green?

2. What does Plum mean when she says that it takes her awhile to "fully inhabit" (83) her New York life again after she finishes speaking to her mother on the phone?

3. Discuss the significance of Plum's clothing organization choices in the first part of the novel.

4. What is the identifying feature of Leeta's appearance?

5. Discuss the difference between Alicia and Plum at the start of the novel.

6. What question does Julia ask when she writes to Plum under the guise of being a teenage fan of Kitty's and what is the result of her question?

7. What allusion is being made within the line, "On top of a cabinet, a large orchid was trapped under a bell jar" (85) and what is the author's purpose for using it?

8. What does Plum say has always been her mother's perspective regarding Plum's body?

9. What is the significance of Leeta's name?

10. What is the significance of the news story about Jayson Fox, the young rap star from Los Angeles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a critical essay about the novel while using the critical power theory lens of feminist theory. Use textual evidence to back up your strong, specific claim regarding the novel's treatment of gender roles, the objectification of women, the male gaze, misogyny's role within society, or any other issues related to feminist theory that can be found in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the many instances of irony within the novel's narrative and analyze the author's purpose for including each instance you discuss.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the themes of truth, lies, and hypocrisy are interwoven within the novel’s narrative. Be sure to include discussion of Plum's decision at the very end of the novel to resist her urge to tell Leeta that everything will be alright.

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