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. How does Jean pass the time she spends in the children's ward at the hospital?

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

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

4. Why does Jean like Elsie?

5. What job does Jean end up getting from the wreath-making friend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe a typical Sunday in Jean's home.

4. How does Jean get to go the fair once a year? What happens to her there one year with a palm reader?

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

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. Who is Elsie? Describe her.

8. Summarize the story of Jean's mother and Pierre.

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

10. 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."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

In the novel Jean spends the better part of a chapter trying to understand men.

Part 1. Describe the techniques the young Jean employs to get information.

Part 2. What information does Jean gather, and what surmises does she make from it?

Part 3. Jean was clearly suffering from a lack of quality, clear information given to her. What role should her parents and/or teachers and pastors have played in her understanding, or is such confusion a natural part of the process?

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