Dietland 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. Before her outing with Marlowe, Plum has not worn high heels since what event in her life?

2. Who will serve as the director of the clinic for at-risk adolescent girls planned by Verena and Sana?

3. When Plum emerges from her clothes-shopping trip in her new red dress, she says that for the first time, she does not mind doing what?

4. How does Luz, the teenage victim of the gang-rape, commit suicide?

5. On what part of Marlowe's body is her tattoo that reads, "Women don't want to be me, men don't want to fuck me" (133)?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Plum mean when she says, "After years of not fighting back, I was coiled like a snake" (233)?

2. Describe the arc of Plum's writing career over the course of the novel.

3. How does the author employ foreshadowing within the passage when Kitty calls Plum at home and asks her to come to Austen Media?

4. What action of Leeta's does Plum point to as proof that she should be loyal to Leeta, no matter what she has done?

5. What is the story behind Marlowe's tattoo that reads, "Women don't want to be me, men don't want to fuck me" (133)?

6. When Plum dreams that she has lost a lot of weight by using Dabsitaf, what is the significance of her dream?

7. What personal advice does Julia offer to Plum during their conversation in Plum's bedroom and how does Plum react?

8. What is the author's purpose for including a call from the bariatric surgery office right after what Plum terms to be "a perfect trip to the mall" (237)?

9. What is the significance of Plum's ultrasound image?

10. What does Marlowe mean when she says that the day her show was canceled was the best day of her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's choice to tell the story of Dietland using the first-person point of view. What elements of the novel's themes lend themselves to this choice and what is the author's intended effect on the reader?

Essay Topic 2

Explicate the theme of indoctrination within the novel, particularly in relation to the novel's protagonist. What is the author's message regarding societal indoctrination and how do you know?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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