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 is the moral of the parable of the sensitive princess?

2. What is Melanie doing when Jean first sees her?

3. What does the palm reader tell Jean one year at the fair?

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

5. What does Melanie do at the end of her fist service at Jean's church?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the pastor and Jean's mother propose after discovering Jean's continued interest in women, and what is Jean's response?

3. Describe the dream Jean has again and again about marriage.

4. How does her mother tell the story of Jean's adoption?

5. What does the headmistress call Jean into her office for? Why? What is Jean's response?

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

7. What do the pastor and her mother pinpoint as the culprit for Jean's sexuality?

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

9. What is it like for Winnet living in the village? Why does she decide she has to leave?

10. What happens when Jean returns home for a visit?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The action of the novel happens in a community of Pentecostal Evangelists, and the conflict in the story is caused by their beliefs.

Part 1. Who are the Pentecostal Evangelists, and what do they believe in?

Part 2. Have they changed since the 1960s when this story took place?

Part 3. What would it be like to be raised in such a community?

Essay Topic 2

One of the central themes of this novel has to deal with the concept of homosexuality in religion.

Part 1. How is this theme developed in the novel?

Part 2. What are some common attitudes of religious groups today in regards to homosexuality?

Part 3.What, in your view, should the role of homosexuality in religion be?

Essay Topic 3

By far the most cited popular reference in the novel is William Blake.

Part 1. Who is William Blake?

Part 2. Write a short biography of the life and works of William Blake.

Part 3. How is William Blake significant in the novel? Why is he cited as often as he is?

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