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. When Joan decides not to run away from Terremoto and returns to her flat, what does she decide she must do as she crouches behind the door?

2. What do the police find that makes them suspicious?

3. How does Chuck Brewer change physically?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Joan feel she needs to disappear again?

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

4. Describe Joan's plan to fake her death.

5. What are Paul's intentions towards Joan?

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

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

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

9. How has Joan accomplished a transformation at the end of the novel?

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

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

Lady Oracle was published in 1976. How does Joan's life as a woman reflect the attitudes of that time? Compare her life as a wife to her life as a romance novelist. Which allows her to move beyond traditional roles? Do you think she is a character who is ahead of her time?

Essay Topic 3

Joan's relationship with her mother continues after her death through dreams and astral images. Describe two important scenes when Joan's mother appears and discuss their relevance to Joan's growth and self-acceptance.

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