Parable of the Sower Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Bankole's wife?

2. Who is Jill carrying when she is killed?

3. What do Lauren and Bankole have in common?

4. What is the "magic word" that Lauren says to the woman and child that makes them stay?

5. What does Lauren think is a problem for Zahra?

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

Lauren and others acquire "hyperempathy syndrome", which makes them feel both the pleasure and pain of those around them.

a. How does this syndrome affect the lives of those who have it?

b. What are the drawbacks and what are the benefits?

c. What is the effect of knowing that she contracts the disease from her drug-abusing mother? Does it make the disease seem more like a curse and less like a "superpower"?

d. How does having this syndrome affect your relationships with others?

e. Do you think the syndrome is real or that the sensations are illusions? Explain, based on evidence from the text?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the affects of racial differences in the novel. Does race seem to matter more or less than in the America Butler describes than it does now?

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