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 does Harry call Lauren's wound?

2. What is Tori's ethnic background?

3. Where is the money Lauren digs up hidden?

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

5. What does Bankole say that Earthseed reminds him of?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the qualities that Lauren has that make her a good leader. Using examples from the text, describe how she manages to convince people to join her group. What is it about her that seems to make people trust her or believe in her?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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