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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 Melanie end up coming to a church service at Jean's church?

2. How does the Society for the Lost fare under the direction of Jean's mother?

3. What does Jean usually do to the Brillo pad monkey in the collage at Elsie's when she plays with it?

4. In the story at the end of the chapter titled Leviticus, what is the girl like?

5. What is the moral of the parable of the sensitive princess?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Jean's mother get started with the Society for the Lost?

3. What is Jean's experience with the visiting pastor, Pastor Finch?

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

5. How is Jean's deafness discovered?

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

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

8. What does the prince write about perfection?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT is the debut novel by Jeannette Winterson. Write an essay about the book and the author.

Part 1. When was the book published? How has it been received by the literary community?

Part 2. What type of story is this? What does the story itself tell us about the author?

Part 3. Who is Jeannette Winterson and what else has she done?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Jean's mother, whose name we never actually learn, is one of the most overwhelming characters of the book and it is her hands more than any that shape Jean's childhood.

Part 1. Describe Jean's mother.

Part 2. Jean described her mother as "Old Testament." What does she mean?

Part 3. What hints are we given into Jean's mother's past that indicate she might not be entirely as she seems. What hints are we given and what can we guess?

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