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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. Which of the following best characterizes the information Jean gets from the other women regarding men and marriage?

2. How does Jean get a job washing glasses at Tricketts?

3. In Jean's dream of getting married, who is her husband?

4. How does Jean get along with the other kids at school?

5. What is her mother's response when Jean asks her why she married her father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. What is the story of the sensitive princess?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Jean's first theological disagreement with her church was on the definition of perfection.

Part 1. How did the pastor at Jean's church define perfection? According to him, is it achievable? How and when?

Part 2. Jean expresses her own views on the definition through a story. Summarize the story she tells and explain how it portrays Jean's views on perfection. What are Jean's views on perfection?

Part 3. Which side of this discussion do you agree with? Give reasons and examples to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

The five fundamental components of fiction were introduced and discussed in a lecture.

Part 1. What are the five fundamental components?

Part 2. Give a description of each of the components and an example or two of how they might affect a story.

Part 3. Discuss the five fundamental components in ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT. What techniques does the author use? How effectively does she use them?

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