Paradise Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Richard Misner preach?

2. What caused Menus to lose his house to foreclosure?

3. While the issue of Arnette's pregnancy is being worked out, what woman is K.D. most fascinated with?

4. What does Seneca put on Sweetie's shoulders?

5. What does the young man who walks into Anna's store seek?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Deek tell Roger to make sure all part's of Deek's son's funeral were black?

2. In addition to growing vegetables, what is one of Connie's main tasks at the Convent?

3. What are some of town situations that Dovey Morgan thinks about?

4. In addition to being respected as founders of the town of Ruby, what is another way that the Morgan twins have power over the townspeople?

5. Why is there instant animosity between Mavis and Gigi?

6. What causes the men to think that the women at the Convent are perhaps not as hard working as the women in Ruby?

7. When there is a problem in Ruby who handles it?

8. What event cuts short Mavis's reunion upon arriving back at the Convent after a month's absence?

9. Why does Mavis become frightened during the interview, and why does she decide to flee?

10. What means do the Morgan twins use to help their nephew out of trouble when he impregnates Arnette?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the structure of the novel "Paradise". Is the plot progression chronological and linear, or does the presentation of the story move forward and backward in time? How does the structure of the novel affect the overall story?

Essay Topic 2

How do the people of Ruby recreate the same prejudices and forms of discrimination that the founders were trying to escape?

Essay Topic 3

The racial situation in the United States during the time that "Paradise" was set was different from the situation today. Today we have the benefit of hindsight. Given what we know today, was creating their own towns the best alternative for black people given their limited options, or was it merely a form of self-imposed segregation?

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