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. In what month does the novel begin?

2. How old is Verena?

3. In what month is Plum's bariatric surgery scheduled?

4. Who sends Plum an email while pretending to be a teenage girl in need of help from Kitty?

5. How much money does Plum say is rumored to be within Verena's inherited fortune?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's purpose for including the enormous list of lipstick colors within the narrative?

2. 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?

3. What is ironic about Plum's reaction to her encounter with Janine at the Baptist Diet meeting?

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

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

6. What causes Julia to ask Plum if she will hand over the 50,000 plus email addresses of teenage girls who have written to Kitty?

7. How does the motif of the italicized word "Burst!" (42) coincide with the theme of self-hatred?

8. 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?

9. What information does Julia reveal about Leeta during her first meeting with Plum?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the topic of discovery treated within the novel and how does its treatment relate to the book's repeated allusions to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland?

Essay Topic 2

Determine the author's message regarding violent vigilanteism in pursuit of gender equality. If she does not approve, prove it with evidence from the text and discuss the actions she presents as alternatives. If she does approve, prove it with evidence from the text and discuss the justification she provides for such an extreme position.

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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