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 Fraser Buchanan want from Joan?

2. Who sees Felicia and Otterly in the maze?

3. What happens to the reporter when Joan opens the door of her flat in Terremoto?

4. Toward the end of the novel, who does Joan imagine suffocating her while she relaxes on her balcony in Terremoto?

5. What does Fraser Buchanan threaten to reveal about Joan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Joan's inconsistent behavior with the Resurgent group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Provide several examples of how humor is used in surprising ways to develop the plot of Lady Oracle. Is this an effective writing technique?

Essay Topic 3

Terremoto, where Joan flees after faking her death by drowning, means "earthquake" in Italian. Discuss the significance of this setting as a symbol for Joan's new life. What does Joan expect her life to be when she arrives there? Does it meet her expectations?

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