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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. Who does the protagonist Jean live with?

2. What does Jean's mother see in a child when she decided she wanted one?

3. What makes Jean's mother decide to get Jean a new mac?

4. Which of the following best characterizes the information Jean gets from the other women regarding men and marriage?

5. What is Pastor Finch's sermon about the first day Melanie is in the church?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the prince in the story, and what does he believe he wants?

2. Why don't Melanie and Jean think that what they share is what the pastor labels as "unnatural passion"?

3. In an attempt to fit in at school, what does Jean change about her art projects? How does that go?

4. Describe the incident of the mac and its replacement.

5. What happens when Jean tries to tell her mother that she is going deaf?

6. When the Society has a special conference in Jean's town, what does Jean's mother make her do? Who does Jean meet there?

7. When she is young and still trying to understand men and marriage, what is Jean's general opinion of men? Where does it come from?

8. What are some things Jean's mother did for the Society for the Lost? Was she effective?

9. Describe Jean's mother.

10. What does the headmistress call Jean into her office for? Why? What is Jean's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author frequently uses stories, often ones that sound like parables, to make her points in her story.

Part 1. Give some examples of some stories she tells to enhance an aspect of her story.

Part 2. Analyze the story she tells in reference to her story. What does it mean? What is she adding to her narrative?

Part 3. In your mind, how effective is this tool in her story telling?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of one of the chapters in the book, the author includes a brief description of a historical moment of the storming of the Winter Palace. It adds depth to her story because although she shows us just a moment of relative inaction, the reader knows the outcome of the historical moment and so gets a hint of a possible outcome for her story.

Part 1. What was the storming of the Winter Palace that she referred to, and how did it relate to her story?

Part 2. Choose a pivotal moment in your own life that you can somehow equate with a moment in history. What was the moment in your life? What historical moment?

Part 3. Analyze how the moment of your own life is comparable to that moment in history, and what does representing that moment in history bring to your own story?

Essay Topic 3

The novel ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT is the debut novel by Jeannette Winterson. Write an essay about the book and the author.

Part 1. When was the book published? How has it been received by the literary community?

Part 2. What type of story is this? What does the story itself tell us about the author?

Part 3. Who is Jeannette Winterson and what else has she done?

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