Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Test | Mid-Book 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 Jean have to remind her not to cut corners?

2. Which of the following is a tactic that Jean uses to answer her questions about men?

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

4. Which of the following is something Jean's mother routinely is likely to say first thing to her on Sundays?

5. What is on the tablecloth Jean's family uses on Sundays?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Jean's deafness discovered?

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

4. What does the prince write about perfection?

5. What kinds of stories does Jean's mother tell her while the walk on Sundays? Give some examples.

6. Who is Elsie? Describe her.

7. What does the perfect girl the prince finds tell him?

8. 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."

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

10. How does her mother tell the story of Jean's adoption?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses parables throughout her story in ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT. Write a parable for your own story.

Part 1. Give us the general situation of a time in your life when you were going through something you would like to represent through a story.

Part 2. Create and tell the story that will shed understanding or light onto your situation for the reader.

Part 3. Explain your story and how it relates to your situation in life. Do you think your story was effective in adding depth or meaning to the description of your situation?

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

One of the five fundamental components of storytelling discussed is the element of style.

Part 1. What is the element of style?

Part 2. Give some examples of literature or other popular stories where style has been a major factor in the enjoyment of the story.

Part 3. Discuss the style used in the novel. How effective was it?

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