Lady Oracle 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. Where do Joan and Royal Porcupine like to eat?

2. Why can't Joan drive her car?

3. What does Marlene claim she did to help Joan out of the water?

4. As Joan is writing her novel while in Terremoto, what character is she getting tired of because of their virtuous and tidy habits?

5. Who considers herself an escape artist?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Chapter 28, why does Joan feel she has to "get away, as quickly as possible?"

2. Explain how Joan uses lies to allow herself a vacation to Italy.

3. How does Joan deal with her belief that she is being held captive?

4. How does Joan's affair with Royal Porcupine affect her stability?

5. Who is Fraser Buchanan?

6. What kind of love does Royal Porcupine express for Joan?

7. In Chapter 31, how is it clear that Joan is beginning to unravel?

8. How does Joan use her novel to explore her own life?

9. Why does the presence of the strange man who talks with her landlord spur Joan to action?

10. How do people in town respond when they see Joan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the title Lady Oracle? Provide examples from the text that show how the idea of an oracle is presented and its relevance to Joan and her journey of self-acceptance.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 8, Joan's mother asks, "What have I ever done to make you behave like this?" when Joan arrives home in a lime green coat covering her substantial bulk. Discuss the reasons Joan uses her weight to taunt her mother and what Joan's mother consistently does to her as a child.

Essay Topic 3

Does the ending of the novel suggest that Joan has some hope of retiring her former double life and becoming a person who enters into relationships with honesty? What does Joan's interaction with the reporter in the hospital suggest about how Joan has changed or not?

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