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. Why does Jean like Elsie?

2. How can Sundays at the house where Jean grew up best be described?

3. What does Jean worry about before her operation?

4. Which of the following is something Jean's mother routinely is likely to say first thing to her on Sundays?

5. What does Jean's mother do when she identifies the sound coming from next door?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. How does Jean make friends with Melanie?

5. In the beginning of the chapter, Leviticus, what do Jean and her mother hear coming from Next Door? What do they do about it?

6. What happens when Jean tries to tell her mother that she is going deaf?

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

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

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

10. Who is Elsie? Describe her.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the novel Jean spends the better part of a chapter trying to understand men.

Part 1. Describe the techniques the young Jean employs to get information.

Part 2. What information does Jean gather, and what surmises does she make from it?

Part 3. Jean was clearly suffering from a lack of quality, clear information given to her. What role should her parents and/or teachers and pastors have played in her understanding, or is such confusion a natural part of the process?

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