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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 Jean's mother tell Jean about her experience with Pierre?

2. Why don't Melanie and Jean think what they are doing is the "unnatural passions" they hear about?

3. Why does Jean like Elsie?

4. What does Jean's mother always say about oranges?

5. What do Jean and her mother do routinely on Sunday mornings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the prince write about perfection?

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

3. What happens the first time Melanie goes to Jean's church?

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

5. Describe how the church community misunderstood Jean's deafness. What did they say about her?

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. What is the story of the sensitive princess?

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

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

10. How does Jean make friends with Melanie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of the five fundamental components of fiction discussed in class is Theme.

Part 1. What are themes?

Part 2. How is theme different for expository essays versus story telling?

Part 3. What are some of the themes from the novel? How are they developed?

Essay Topic 3

None of the references to famous people, stories, or other things are in the novel by accident. The author brings them up specifically for their relevance to some aspect of her story. Choose one of the many popular or Biblical references in the novel to explain.

Part 1. What reference is made? When in the story is it made?

Part 2. Describe the reference thoroughly, making sure to include the parts that relate to ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT.

Part 3. How does this reference relate back to Jean's story? What relevance does it have? What insight or depth does it bring with it that was missing?

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