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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Bankole think is crazy for Lauren to plan?
2. What church does Bankole attend?
3. What does Harry give to Lauren in Chapter 16?
4. What does Zahra bring to Lauren and Harry?
5. What city does the group pass through without incident?
Essay Topic 1
Lauren's father is a very important influence in her life. Describe the role he plays in her development as a strong leader. What lessons does he teach her? What are his character flaws? Compare and contrast the way Reverend Olamina leads the community of Robledo and the way Lauren leads her community at Acorn.
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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