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 matters when looking at the past?

2. What is Jean's mother's response to the news about Jean's sexuality?

3. What does Jean's mother do after Jean has repented?

4. What does the pastor tell Jean when they run into each other?

5. How does Jean characterize uncertainty to her?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What happens when Jean returns home for a visit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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