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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 is the moral of the story of the prince and the woman?

2. What does the palm reader tell Jean one year at the fair?

3. Where does Jean's mom get her a new mac?

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

5. Who finally discovers that Jean is deaf?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jean's experience with the visiting pastor, Pastor Finch?

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

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

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

5. How did Jean's mother get started with the Society for the Lost?

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

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

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. Who invites Jean to go to the seaside? What happens and why does her mother not let her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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