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. How does Jean characterize a story heard from various perspectives?

2. What do people do when they tell stories?

3. What does the chapter titled Judges open with?

4. When Jean does not repent for the pastor, what does he tell Jean's mother to do?

5. What is Winnet's punishment from the sorcerer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe how the author describes Pol Pot in relation to history in the chapter entitled Deuteronomy.

5. What do the pastor and her mother pinpoint as the culprit for Jean's sexuality?

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

7. Describe the nature and style of the chapter entitled Deuteronomy.

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

9. What must Winnet do to reach the beautiful city? What is it like when she reaches it?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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