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 do Kayla Talcott and Lauren's birth mother have in common?

2. Who are the only people who still keep dogs?

3. What disease is killing people in New Jersey and New York?

4. What is water become more expensive than?

5. How does Mrs. Sims die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Harry want to stay and build a community with the group?

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

3. Describe Richard Moss' religion.

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

5. Why does Lauren say that Zahra is useful?

6. Why does Allie feel close to Justin?

7. What is Keith's punishment after leaving the neighborhood?

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

9. Why doesn't anyone bother calling the fire department after the fire?

10. Why do Paints set fire to the park?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on Lauren's experience creating Earthseed, she describes it more as a process of discovering or uncovering an existing Truth, rather than creating a new religion from scratch. Explain how this process of revelation occurs to Lauren over time. What events seem to precipitate new revelations for her?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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