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 do the older townspeople believe Joan will bring them?

2. Who is Royal Porcupine?

3. After her landlord tells Joan about the stranger looking for her, what awakens Joan during the night?

4. What does Joan believe will happen if she goes to the secluded house?

5. Who does Joan want to get out of jail in Toronto?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What piece of evidence leads to Sam and Marlene's arrest?

3. What are Paul's intentions towards Joan?

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

5. What does the reappearance of The Fat Lady in Chapter 27 suggest about how Joan perceives herself?

6. Why is it important that Joan decides to stay and defend herself rather than run?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of Lady Oracle, Joan says she will stop writing romance novels and instead write Science Fiction. Why do you think Joan wants to stop writing romances? Do you think writing romances contributes to Joan's dishonesty? Would she write a good Science Fiction tale? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Joan's actions that show her as a woman who is independent but also submissive to the men in her life. When she leaves her double life behind, how does she begin to show that she is becoming more assertive?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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