Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Test | Final 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 tell the church?

2. What does Jean say people do with the past when it gets too difficult?

3. What do Jean's mother and the pastor argue about?

4. How intent is Jean on becoming a missionary?

5. According to Jean, what do people often use history for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Melanie go, and with whom, after being accused at church? What happens?

2. In what ways might the chapter entitled Deuteronomy apply to Jean's life?

3. Describe the food metaphor the author uses to describe hearing about an event from various sources.

4. What is the point the author makes using the pilgrim fathers in her chapter entitled Deuteronomy?

5. According to the chapter Deuteronomy what are some ways that people change or deny the past?

6. What is Jean's mother's reaction to the discovery of Jean's continued interest in women?

7. What happens at Elsie's funeral?

8. How and when are Melanie and Jean ousted to the church? What happens?

9. What makes Jean's mother aware of what is happening between Jean and Melanie?

10. Who is Katy? What is her relationship to Jean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the central themes of this novel has to deal with the concept of homosexuality in religion.

Part 1. How is this theme developed in the novel?

Part 2. What are some common attitudes of religious groups today in regards to homosexuality?

Part 3.What, in your view, should the role of homosexuality in religion be?

Essay Topic 2

The author frequently uses stories, often ones that sound like parables, to make her points in her story.

Part 1. Give some examples of some stories she tells to enhance an aspect of her story.

Part 2. Analyze the story she tells in reference to her story. What does it mean? What is she adding to her narrative?

Part 3. In your mind, how effective is this tool in her story telling?

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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