Dietland Test | Final 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. As she leaves Dr. Ahmad's office, Plum thinks to herself that she will look like which monster after all of her surgeries?

2. When Sana suggests that Plum get out of the house, where does she suggest Plum go?

3. Leeta ends up being sought by authorities because she confesses what piece of information to her roommate?

4. To whom is Marlowe's book Fuckability Theory dedicated?

5. Whom does Plum mentally force from the dressing room as she chooses a new wardrobe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Plum's comments about her ability to be "like the lilac negligee woman" (234) from the lingerie ads or like Leeta.

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

4. What does Plum mean when she says that she will become "a different type of outlaw" (243)?

5. How is the theme of passing depicted within Julia's experiences at Austen Media?

6. What is ironic about Kitty's insistence that "all girls are beautiful" (241)?

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

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

9. What is the author's purpose for including the reporter Cheryl Crane-Murphy's remark, "As a committed Christian, it pains me to admit that I feel nothing but glee at the death of these pigs" (155)?

10. Describe "the Jennifer effect" (231) and its implications.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look carefully at the passages of the novel that describe Plum's responses to the teenage girls who write questions to Kitty. What is the author's purpose for discussing at length the nature of Plum's role as a ghostwriter for Kitty?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the author's messages regarding rebellion within her novel Dietland.

Essay Topic 3

William Faulkner once famously claimed that the most important literature deals with the subject of the human heart in conflict with itself. Explain how the theme of Human versus Self is demonstrated within Sarai Walker's novel Dietland. Create a decisive, arguable claim and prove it with quotes from the book.

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