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. Who is the faithful companion to the prince?

2. What does the prince in the story want to find?

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

4. What kind of effort does Jean put into fitting in at school?

5. Where does Jean's mom get her a new mac?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Jean make friends with Melanie?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is Jean's deafness discovered?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

An entire chapter of the novel is dedicated to discussion of stories and history in general being subjective.

Part 1. What is meant by subjectivity in history?

Part 2. How subjective is history? Are there any true things to be found and proven?

Part 3. How do people best cope with the subjective nature of looking into the past?

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