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. What does Jean sew onto her sampler in sewing class?

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

3. How does Jean's mother refer to their neighbors?

4. What is the moral of the story of the prince and the woman?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the nature of stories and history and how does she describe them?

3. Describe how the church community misunderstood Jean's deafness. What did they say about her?

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

5. What happens that makes the sorcerer cast Winnet out?

6. How was Katy and Jean's relationship discovered by the members of the church?

7. Describe the dream Jean has again and again about marriage.

8. What does the prince write about perfection?

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

10. Who is a friend to Jean after she is exposed for loving women for the second time? What does she do to help?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An entire chapter of the novel is dedicated to discussion of stories and history in general being subjective.

Part 1. What is meant by subjectivity in history?

Part 2. How subjective is history? Are there any true things to be found and proven?

Part 3. How do people best cope with the subjective nature of looking into the past?

Essay Topic 2

At one point Jean describes her mother as "Old Testament." What do we mean by that phrase?

Part 1. Describe the Biblical Old Testament.

Part 2. Describe the Biblical New Testament, comparing and contrasting it to the Old Testament.

Part 3. Give some examples and explanations about things that might be referred to as Old Testament.

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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