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 get a job washing glasses at Tricketts?

2. How does pastor Finch, the visiting pastor, make Jean feel?

3. Who is the faithful companion to the prince?

4. What idea from the sermon she heard at the special conference had the biggest impact on Jean?

5. What does Jean's mother tell Jean about her experience with Pierre?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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."

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

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

4. Describe Jean's mother.

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

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

7. How does Jean make friends with Melanie?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the five fundamental components of fiction discussed in class is Theme.

Part 1. What are themes?

Part 2. How is theme different for expository essays versus story telling?

Part 3. What are some of the themes from the novel? How are they developed?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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