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 is the book about that Lauren lends to Joanne?

2. Where does Lauren store her emergency pack?

3. How old is Lauren on her birthday?

4. In Lauren's dream, what does she do when her stepmother isn't watching?

5. What does Lauren want to call the emergency packs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Lauren say that Zahra is useful?

4. Describe Richard Moss' religion.

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

6. What are the findings of the Anglo-Japanese Cosmological Station?

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

8. Why are water stations dangerous places?

9. What is the difference between people in Olivar and people in company towns of the past?

10. Why do Aura Moss and Michael Talcott leave their classes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the government in America at the time of the story. What problems does the government face and how is it trying to solve those problems? How does the crisis facing the government affect Lauren's actions and the actions of the other characters?

Essay Topic 2

Violence is presented almost neutrally in this novel. Sometimes it is very stark and cruel and other times it seems as a necessary means to an end. Describe two examples of each view of violence; as a senseless tragedy or as necessary for progress. Explain whether or not you think that the violence perpetrated by Lauren and her group is necessary.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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