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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 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

An entire chapter of the novel is dedicated to discussion of stories and history in general being subjective.

Part 1. What is meant by subjectivity in history?

Part 2. How subjective is history? Are there any true things to be found and proven?

Part 3. How do people best cope with the subjective nature of looking into the past?

Essay Topic 2

The central themes in the novel deal with sexuality and gender roles.

Part 1. Describe the views that expressed by the members of Jean's church.

Part 2. Analyze the views described. Are they sexist or prejudice?

Part 3. What philosophies exist contrary to this position? What is anti-essentialism?

Part 4. What effect do holding these views have on religious institutions such as Jean's church?

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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