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. What does Joan learn about herself at the end of the novel?

2. What insects does Joan feed sugar water?

3. When Joan wants to get out of her life, what does she plan to do at the end of Chapter 28?

4. Who is Joan having an affair with?

5. What stops Joan from trying to write a different kind of novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the final chapter a resolution to Joan's lies and secrets?

2. Explain the circumstances and symbolism behind Joan's cut feet.

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

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

5. What are Paul's intentions towards Joan?

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

7. Who is Fraser Buchanan?

8. Why do you think Joan likes leading a dual life between Arthur and Royal Porcupine?

9. Explain Arthur's response to the publication of Lady Oracle.

10. Why is Joan having trouble writing about her character Charlotte and the ending of her novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Joan sheds pounds, she makes the choice to become a new person to match her new image and calls herself Louisa K. Delacourt. Discuss the importance of this decision to Joan's future. Why is it a relief to her to be someone else?

Essay Topic 2

Why can't Joan confront Marlene about their past encounters? Why does she hide in the ladies' room? Are there other examples in the novel where Joan responds in a similar manner? What does this suggest about Joan's character?

Essay Topic 3

Leda Sprott is an interesting minor character who influences Joan's belief in the occult. Discuss how Leda encourages Spiritualism in Joan at a young age and how Joan incorporates it into her life as an adult. In particular, address how Leda believes Joan is gifted and Joan's use of Automatic Writing to create Lady Oracle.

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