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. In the story at the end of the chapter titled Leviticus, what is the girl like?

2. What happens when the pastor talks about how full of spirit Jean is while he is preaching?

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

4. What does Jean realize when her sampler does not win in a school contest?

5. Why was Jean's mother suspicious of a package that came from Wigan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the prince write about perfection?

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

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

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

5. Who is Elsie? Describe her.

6. Describe the incident of the mac and its replacement.

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

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

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

10. When she is young and still trying to understand men and marriage, what is Jean's general opinion of men? Where does it come from?

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

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 3

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?

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