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 Mavis initially plan to go after leaving Newark?

2. At the Convent, what does Roger load into his vehicle?

3. Where does Mavis's mother live?

4. What is the occupation of Roger Best?

5. In the story Elder told Steward, what were the white men doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the plot not flow in a chronological manner in the chapter "Ruby"?

2. Why do the men from Ruby go to the Convent?

3. Why was the town of Haven not as affected by the Great Depression as most of the rest of the country?

4. What is immediately noticeable about Gigi?

5. What conditions does Mavis's mother place on Mavis being able to stay at her house?

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

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

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

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

10. How did Mavis' twins die, according to the story Mavis tells the reporter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Morrison's or the narrator's use of language in the novel "Paradise". Is the language elevated to the poetic or is it the everyday language of the rural people of Ruby?

Essay Topic 2

Some of the residents of Ruby seem to think that the root of all their past problems were white people. Based on the outcome of the novel and what we learn about human nature, is this believe and oversimplification? Which characters best illustrate your stance on the subject?

Essay Topic 3

Though the Morgan's are the wealthiest and most powerful people in Ruby, that is not to say that they have not faced their own hardships. Indeed, the Morgans have endured heartbreaking loses. Outline some of these loses and offer theories on why the loses did or did not affect the Morgan's views on race relations.

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