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. What topic does Plum say that no one at The Calliope House ever discusses, but that Julia must discuss, due to her undercover work?

2. Before they go to the dermatologist, Marlowe and Plum go to a coffeehouse, but Plum cannot sit down to drink her iced coffee. Why can she not sit down?

3. What quality is present within all of the clothes Plum chooses when she goes shopping?

4. What brand of undergarments does Julia wear in order to pass for a skinny person in her position at Austen Media?

5. When Plum gushes to Marlowe about how beautiful she had been on her show, Marlowe tells her that it had taken a what to make her look the way she had?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Plum see while following Kitty into a coffeehouse that stops Plum in her tracks?

2. 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)?

3. 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)?

4. How is allusion used within the scene when Sana and Plum discuss Plum's fears that her longing for Alicia will return?

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

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

7. In what way is Plum already familiar with Marlowe before she meets her at Cafe Rose?

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

9. Who does Plum call when Verena tells Plum to call anyone who will notice she is missing once she moves into The Calliope House? What do her choices reveal about her life prior to connecting with the women of The Calliope House?

10. 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)?

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

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 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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