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 kind of animal does Richard Moss raise?

2. How does Reverend Olamina usually travel to work?

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

4. Where is the man that Keith steals from on the freeway headed?

5. What does Lauren decide to call her belief system?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between Lauren's and Joanne's bedrooms?

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

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

4. Why does Lauren call President Donner a "human banister"?

5. What "family business" does Lauren's father believe in keeping private?

6. Who are the "Paints"?

7. Why is it dangerous for Bankole's brother-in-law to do odd jobs for cash?

8. What does Lauren tell Joanne about to give her an idea of how bad society becomes?

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

10. Why does Lauren's father stay at the university overnight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the qualities that Lauren has that make her a good leader. Using examples from the text, describe how she manages to convince people to join her group. What is it about her that seems to make people trust her or believe in her?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Lauren's relationship with Bankole. Does this seem like a relationship of equals or is Lauren searching for a father figure? What do Lauren and Bankole have in common? What obstacles seem to stand in their way?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the Biblical parable of the sower and describe how it is an allegory for what happens in the novel.

a. How does the message of the Parable relate to Lauren's efforts to convert others to her Earthseed philosophy?

b. Why do you think Butler chooses this as the title for the book?

c. In general, how is organized religion portrayed in the lives of characters in the book? Does it seem to have more of a negative or positive influence on people's lives?

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