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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is K.D. doing at the opening of the chapter?

2. Who takes Mavis to get gasoline for her car?

3. How long has Mavis been away from the Convent when she returns to meet Gigi?

4. Who did Connie have an affair with?

5. What do some residents of Ruby want to do to the community oven?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the founders of Ruby decide to name the town Ruby instead of New Haven?

2. What is immediately noticeable about Gigi?

3. How does Mavis retrieve her car and get it to the Convent?

4. Why does Gigi receive fifty dollars for the box she finds under the bathtub?

5. What are some possible reasons why few in Ruby believe Lone's version of what happened at the Convent?

6. Why is the town of Ruby not a place that attracts travelers?

7. What were the circumstances surrounding Ruby Best's death?

8. What sort of prejudice does Patricia witness in Ruby?

9. What does Deek believe that the tea that Connie gave Soane causes, and why is this ironic?

10. What reasons does Patricia give for not approving of Richard's talks with the young people of the town?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing is an important literary tool. Examine the text for instances of foreshadowing. If instances are present, how do they impact the plot? If there are no instances of foreshadowing, a rare occurrence in a novel, how does the absence of foreshadowing affect the reader's reception of the story?

Essay Topic 2

On multiple occasions the civil authority in the area of Ruby is referred to as the "white law." The "white law" is something no citizen of Ruby wants to come in contact with. Explain what citizens of Ruby mean by "white law" and offer explanations based on information from the text and your own knowledge of history about why citizens of Ruby would fear the "white law."

Essay Topic 3

How would you describe the overall tone of "Paradise"? Does the tone change from chapter to chapter? In the end, how much the narrator's tone affect your reception of the novel?

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