Parable of the Sower Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe Lauren's dream.

Lauren dreams that she is flying, but eventually a burning wall appears before her that impedes her progress.

2. Why does Lauren's stepmother say she prefers the city lights?

Lauren's stepmother says that city lights signify "lights, progress, growth." Stars are free, whereas the city lights are a reminder of the progress and civilization that begins to erode.

3. What is "prodigy" according to the opening passage of the book?

Prodigy is, essentially, adaptability, persistence and positive obsession. Without adaptability, you turn to fanaticism. Without persistence you are too much in the moment, and without a positive obsession, there is "nothing at all".

4. What is it about Lauren's flying in her dream that makes her seem "better" than she used to be, and what makes her still not an expert?

In Lauren's dream, she realizes that she trusts her ability a little bit more, but that she is still afraid and that she can't quite control her directions.

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