Parable of the Sower Test | Mid-Book 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 Lauren wish she takes with her on her journey?

2. Who teaches the martial arts classes to the neighborhood?

3. What disease is running rampant in southern Mississippi and Louisiana?

4. What does Keith take with him the next time he runs away?

5. How many of the seven latest intrusions into the neighborhood are successful?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Bankole want to bury the bones initially?

2. Why does Lauren think it is a mistake to take Emery and Tori with them?

3. What does Zahra say she prefers life with Richard to life with her mother?

4. What are Olivar's problems before the company takes it over?

5. What is the one paradox in Lauren's philosophy?

6. What does Lauren think is the purpose of prayer?

7. Why are water peddlers dangerous?

8. Why are some families opposed to having guns?

9. What doesn't Lauren tell Curtis by Chapter 13?

10. Why does Bankole think buying a gun is more important than buying food?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lauren and others acquire "hyperempathy syndrome", which makes them feel both the pleasure and pain of those around them.

a. How does this syndrome affect the lives of those who have it?

b. What are the drawbacks and what are the benefits?

c. What is the effect of knowing that she contracts the disease from her drug-abusing mother? Does it make the disease seem more like a curse and less like a "superpower"?

d. How does having this syndrome affect your relationships with others?

e. Do you think the syndrome is real or that the sensations are illusions? Explain, based on evidence from the text?

Essay Topic 2

The America that Lauren lives in does not faced an apocalyptic event like a major terrorist attack, a war or an environmental disaster. Instead, the changes come about insidiously, over time. Explain whether you think this is realistic. What elements of American society in Lauren's world seem particularly realistic?

Essay Topic 3

Although Lauren is very young, she seems much older and more mature than even many of the adults around her. Explain some of the ways in which she seems older than her years, based on examples from the text. Do you think that this believable? What do you think causes Lauren to be so mature?

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