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 the sorcerer do for Winnet to help her feel safe dining with him?

2. What does Jean say about the past?

3. What must explorers bring back?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Winnet end up living with the sorcerer and believing she is his daughter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The central themes in the novel deal with sexuality and gender roles.

Part 1. Describe the views that expressed by the members of Jean's church.

Part 2. Analyze the views described. Are they sexist or prejudice?

Part 3. What philosophies exist contrary to this position? What is anti-essentialism?

Part 4. What effect do holding these views have on religious institutions such as Jean's church?

Essay Topic 3

Jean's first theological disagreement with her church was on the definition of perfection.

Part 1. How did the pastor at Jean's church define perfection? According to him, is it achievable? How and when?

Part 2. Jean expresses her own views on the definition through a story. Summarize the story she tells and explain how it portrays Jean's views on perfection. What are Jean's views on perfection?

Part 3. Which side of this discussion do you agree with? Give reasons and examples to support your position.

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