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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 the prince in the story want to find?

2. What reason does Jean have for visiting Melanie every Monday?

3. What does Jean ask for when her mother takes her to town to buy mince?

4. Why is the paper shop "forbidden" and its owners talked about?

5. What is Elsie's hobby?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the food metaphor the author uses to describe hearing about an event from various sources.

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

3. Who is the prince in the story, and what does he believe he wants?

4. 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."

5. Who is Katy? What is her relationship to Jean?

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

7. What are some things Jean's mother did for the Society for the Lost? Was she effective?

8. What is Jean's mother's reaction to the discovery of Jean's continued interest in women?

9. Who is a friend to Jean after she is exposed for loving women for the second time? What does she do to help?

10. What must Winnet do to reach the beautiful city? What is it like when she reaches it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At the end of one of the chapters in the book, the author includes a brief description of a historical moment of the storming of the Winter Palace. It adds depth to her story because although she shows us just a moment of relative inaction, the reader knows the outcome of the historical moment and so gets a hint of a possible outcome for her story.

Part 1. What was the storming of the Winter Palace that she referred to, and how did it relate to her story?

Part 2. Choose a pivotal moment in your own life that you can somehow equate with a moment in history. What was the moment in your life? What historical moment?

Part 3. Analyze how the moment of your own life is comparable to that moment in history, and what does representing that moment in history bring to your own story?

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

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?

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