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 Keith come back with the next time he runs away?

2. What does the group, searching in the hills, find in the tree branches?

3. Who becomes pregnant in the neighborhood?

4. Where does Lauren's dad usually hold his services?

5. What are Lauren and her stepmother doing outside in Lauren's dream?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are water peddlers dangerous?

3. Why is it safer to be dirty?

4. Why does Lauren describe the Noah story as having two parts?

5. What does Lauren think is the best thing that happens to Bianca and Jorge?

6. Why does Cory say that poverty leads to cleaner streets?

7. What does Emery tell Lauren about sharers having children?

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

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

10. What two things show how important the baptism is to the adults in the community?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lauren says early in the novel that God might just be whatever it is that makes you feel "special and protected". She outlines various different ways people conceptualize God. For each of the following ideas of God, cite examples from the text that show people believing in this type of Deity, and explain how this belief influences the character's actions:

a. God as a "super person"--Big Daddy, Cop, King, etc.

b. God as a punisher.

c. God as Nature.

d. God as a spirit/a force/ the ultimate reality.

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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