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 job does Jean end up getting from the wreath-making friend?

2. What does Jean assume when she first senses hearing loss?

3. Why does Pastor Finch carry a First Aid kit in his van?

4. What makes Jean's mother decide to get Jean a new mac?

5. What does Jean have to remind her not to cut corners?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jean's mother.

2. What does the prince write about perfection?

3. What does the perfect girl the prince finds tell him?

4. What happens the first time Melanie goes to Jean's church?

5. Who is Elsie? Describe her.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the Biblical books that a chapter of ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT was named after; so Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, or Ruth.

Part 1. Describe the Biblical book, naming the most common references from it.

Part 2. Summarize the activity that happens in the chapter ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT named after that Biblical book.

Part 3. Relate the chapter in the novel to the biblical chapter. What parallels is the book making? What references? How does the biblical chapter add depth to the book?

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

None of the references to famous people, stories, or other things are in the novel by accident. The author brings them up specifically for their relevance to some aspect of her story. Choose one of the many popular or Biblical references in the novel to explain.

Part 1. What reference is made? When in the story is it made?

Part 2. Describe the reference thoroughly, making sure to include the parts that relate to ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT.

Part 3. How does this reference relate back to Jean's story? What relevance does it have? What insight or depth does it bring with it that was missing?

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