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 do Seneca and Sweetie walk together?

2. Where does Richard Misner preach?

3. Why does Seneca have difficulty sleeping at the Convent?

4. Why is the friendship between Connie and Soane surprising?

5. What does Mavis do upon first seeing Gigi?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When Gigi accepts a ride from Roger Best, what are her plans at that time?

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

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

7. What does Connie do to earn a meager income?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you believe that Mavis' family really intended or even wanted to kill her? Could there be another reason for Mavis believing that her family wanted to kill her?

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

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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