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. Who calls the fire department once the fire starts in the Payne-Parrish house?

2. What does Lauren tell Harry to buy in Chapter 19?

3. In Chapter 18, what does Harry begin to do?

4. What changes the peaceful beach scene?

5. Where does Emery find the first money she ever has?

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

Trust, or the lack of trust, between individuals is very important in the novel and shows to be instrumental in the success or failure of a community. Select three of the following relationships, and explain how trust between the following characters contributes to the ultimate success or failure of their community:

a. Cory and Mr. Olamina.

b. Lauren and Keith.

c. Lauren and Jo.

d. Lauren and Curtis.

e. Lauren and Harry.

f. Lauren and Bankole.

g. Lauren and Grayson.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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