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

2. Who finally discovers that Jean is deaf?

3. What cures the sensitive princess in the story?

4. What is one technique Jean's mother uses in the Society for the Lost?

5. Why is the paper shop "forbidden" and its owners talked about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why don't Melanie and Jean think that what they share is what the pastor labels as "unnatural passion"?

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

3. Who is Elsie? Describe her.

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

5. Explain why this statement is relevant to Jean's predicament at school: "What constitutes a problem is not the thing, or the environment where we find the thing, but the conjunction of the two."

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point Jean describes her mother as "Old Testament." What do we mean by that phrase?

Part 1. Describe the Biblical Old Testament.

Part 2. Describe the Biblical New Testament, comparing and contrasting it to the Old Testament.

Part 3. Give some examples and explanations about things that might be referred to as Old Testament.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of one of the chapters in the book, the author includes a brief description of a historical moment of the storming of the Winter Palace. It adds depth to her story because although she shows us just a moment of relative inaction, the reader knows the outcome of the historical moment and so gets a hint of a possible outcome for her story.

Part 1. What was the storming of the Winter Palace that she referred to, and how did it relate to her story?

Part 2. Choose a pivotal moment in your own life that you can somehow equate with a moment in history. What was the moment in your life? What historical moment?

Part 3. Analyze how the moment of your own life is comparable to that moment in history, and what does representing that moment in history bring to your own story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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