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. How does Jean's attempt to tell her mother about her deafness go?

2. What is that "special something" the prince is looking for in someone?

3. Which of the following is a tactic that Jean uses to answer her questions about men?

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

5. What cures the sensitive princess in the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some things Jean's mother did for the Society for the Lost? Was she effective?

2. What does the prince write about perfection?

3. Describe Jean's mother.

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

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

6. What is the story of the sensitive princess?

7. How does Jean get to go the fair once a year? What happens to her there one year with a palm reader?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author frequently uses stories, often ones that sound like parables, to make her points in her story.

Part 1. Give some examples of some stories she tells to enhance an aspect of her story.

Part 2. Analyze the story she tells in reference to her story. What does it mean? What is she adding to her narrative?

Part 3. In your mind, how effective is this tool in her story telling?

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

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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