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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 spends the most time with Jean in the hospital?

2. What happens when the pastor talks about how full of spirit Jean is while he is preaching?

3. Who is Pastor Spratt?

4. In Jean's dream of getting married, who is her husband?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Jean's mother tell Jean the story of her and Pierre? What does she hope to accomplish?

4. In an attempt to fit in at school, what does Jean change about her art projects? How does that go?

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

6. 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."

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

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

9. When she is young and still trying to understand men and marriage, what is Jean's general opinion of men? Where does it come from?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The five fundamental components of fiction were introduced and discussed in a lecture.

Part 1. What are the five fundamental components?

Part 2. Give a description of each of the components and an example or two of how they might affect a story.

Part 3. Discuss the five fundamental components in ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT. What techniques does the author use? How effectively does she use them?

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