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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 idea from the sermon she heard at the special conference had the biggest impact on Jean?

2. What does Jean worry about before her operation?

3. What does Jean's mother do to get at the "heathens" who live next door?

4. Who finally discovers that Jean is deaf?

5. Who is Pastor Spratt?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Jean eventually get a Saturday job from? What does she do?

2. Why does Jean's mother tell Jean the story of her and Pierre? What does she hope to accomplish?

3. How does Jean make friends with Melanie?

4. What does the prince write about perfection?

5. Explain why this statement is relevant to Jean's predicament at school: "What constitutes a problem is not the thing, or the environment where we find the thing, but the conjunction of the two."

6. How is Jean's deafness discovered?

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. In the beginning of the chapter, Leviticus, what do Jean and her mother hear coming from Next Door? What do they do about it?

9. What happened in sewing class when the class worked on cross stitching projects?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the central themes of this novel has to deal with the concept of homosexuality in religion.

Part 1. How is this theme developed in the novel?

Part 2. What are some common attitudes of religious groups today in regards to homosexuality?

Part 3.What, in your view, should the role of homosexuality in religion be?

Essay Topic 2

The five fundamental components of fiction were introduced and discussed in a lecture.

Part 1. What are the five fundamental components?

Part 2. Give a description of each of the components and an example or two of how they might affect a story.

Part 3. Discuss the five fundamental components in ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT. What techniques does the author use? How effectively does she use them?

Essay Topic 3

Jean's mother, whose name we never actually learn, is one of the most overwhelming characters of the book and it is her hands more than any that shape Jean's childhood.

Part 1. Describe Jean's mother.

Part 2. Jean described her mother as "Old Testament." What does she mean?

Part 3. What hints are we given into Jean's mother's past that indicate she might not be entirely as she seems. What hints are we given and what can we guess?

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