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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. Why did the families who settled Ruby leave Haven?

2. What does Mavis do upon first seeing Gigi?

3. What did the families who settled Ruby, Oklahoma originally consider for a town name?

4. Where did Mavis's twins die?

5. Why is Connie so upset when Gigi first meets her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of K.D.'s thoughts about marriage that indicate that he still has an immature or naïve worldview?

2. Why is Mavis' mother less than supportive when Mavis arrives at her house?

3. According to Lone, what do the Fleetwoods blame on the women of the Convent, and why does Lone think this makes no sense?

4. Why does Lone believe that the men of Ruby want to get rid of the women at the Convent?

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

6. What do some of the people that try to stop the massacre seem more concerned about than the welfare of the women of the Convent?

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

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

9. What is Richard Misner angry about?

10. How does Gigi become stranded at the convent?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

With exception to events in the opening chapter, how does the Convent fulfill the role of a sanctuary? Who does it provide sanctuary for, and what types of people are most likely to benefit from the atmosphere of the Convent?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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