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 city does the group pass through without incident?

2. How many children does Bankole's sister have?

3. What does Harry call Lauren's wound?

4. What does Lauren think the movers from KSF look like?

5. What does Lauren give the little boy that she sees scavenging?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain what environmental changes occur in America at the time of the story. How does this affect the social fabric? What effects does it have on Lauren and the other characters? What environmental considerations do the travelers take into account when planning the community at Acorn?

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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