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 disease is killing people in New Jersey and New York?

2. What do the garden thieves take from the Hsu and Talcott homes?

3. Where does Keith want to move to?

4. What is water become more expensive than?

5. Where do most families in the neighborhood get their news?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the "rules" of the group that Lauren shares with Grayson?

2. What does Natividad teach Emery?

3. Why are some families opposed to having guns?

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

5. Why doesn't Zahra and Lauren like each other back in the neighborhood?

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

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

8. Why is Lauren convinced that her father is dead?

9. What's causing the chaos after the earthquake?

10. Why does Lauren say that the bubonic plague in medieval Europe represents positive change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Cory knows what awaits her son outside the walls of Robledo, she approves of him leaving the community. Why do you think she does this? Describe the relationships she has with each of her children, her stepdaughter, and her husband. What do these relationships reveal about her character?

Essay Topic 2

Trust, or the lack of trust, between individuals is very important in the novel and shows to be instrumental in the success or failure of a community. Select three of the following relationships, and explain how trust between the following characters contributes to the ultimate success or failure of their community:

a. Cory and Mr. Olamina.

b. Lauren and Keith.

c. Lauren and Jo.

d. Lauren and Curtis.

e. Lauren and Harry.

f. Lauren and Bankole.

g. Lauren and Grayson.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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