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. What does the girl tell the adviser who tries to take her to the prince?

2. What cures the sensitive princess in the story?

3. What does Jean usually do to the Brillo pad monkey in the collage at Elsie's when she plays with it?

4. What does Jean's mother have hung above her oven where she can see it often?

5. What important notion does Elsie impart to Jean?

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

4. What does the prince write about perfection?

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

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

7. What happened in sewing class when the class worked on cross stitching projects?

8. How does Jean make friends with Melanie?

9. Why does Jean's mother tell Jean the story of her and Pierre? What does she hope to accomplish?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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