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. Which of the following best describes the attitude of Jean's mother when Jean comes back for a visit?

2. What does the sorcerer want of Winnet?

3. Why does Jean say her mother has always given her problems?

4. What does Jean tell the church?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. While Jean is locked up in her mother's house after being accused of loving Melanie at church, who does Jean talk to and what do they say?

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

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

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

7. What does the author say about the curious and the collector of curios?

8. What happens at Elsie's funeral?

9. What happens when Jean finally returns home after being accused by the pastor in church?

10. Describe what happened when Jean's biological mother returned to claim her.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the five fundamental components of story telling discussed is that of plot.

Part 1. What is plot? How can it be manipulated?

Part 2 What are the elements of plot? Do they usually follow a pattern?

Part 3. What role does conflict play in plot? What are the four common types of conflict?

Part 4. What is the central conflict that drives the plot?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

None of the references to famous people, stories, or other things are in the novel by accident. The author brings them up specifically for their relevance to some aspect of her story. Choose one of the many popular or Biblical references in the novel to explain.

Part 1. What reference is made? When in the story is it made?

Part 2. Describe the reference thoroughly, making sure to include the parts that relate to ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT.

Part 3. How does this reference relate back to Jean's story? What relevance does it have? What insight or depth does it bring with it that was missing?

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