High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never Test | Mid-Book 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. How does Barbara Kingsolver characterize her physique?

2. How does Barbara Kingsolver characterize Camille's morning routine?

3. What did one boy compare Barbara Kingsolver to in high school?

4. What did the library recruit Barbara Kingsolver for?

5. What did Camille do on purpose, when Barbara Kingsolver warned her not to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Barbara Kingsolver characterize the population of Tucson when she lives there?

2. What is the 'high tide of Tucson' a metaphor for?

3. How would the Native Indians in Tucson bring rain after the dry season, according to Barbara Kingsolver?

4. What problem does Barbara Kingsolver say her school system was plagued by, in 'How Mr. Dewey Decimal Saved My Life'?

5. What is Barbara Kingsolver's philosophy of housekeeping?

6. What inequality does Barbara Kingsolver explore in housekeeping?

7. How does Barbara Kingsolver characterize her own parents' generation's parenting style?

8. What does Barbara Kingsolver say about who should be a parent?

9. Why does Barbara Kingsolver take up this meditation on monogamy in nature?

10. What does Barbara Kingsolver say about photographs and memories?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What makes Kingsolver an American author? How does she envision her Americanism in her essays?

Essay Topic 2

Is Barbara Kingsolver a typical liberal? Analyze her essays for evidence of Kingsolver's political persuasion, and evaluate it in relation to the spectrum of political views in America.

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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