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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 Richard Misner advocating on behalf of the young people?

2. The story opens with the following words:

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

4. What was the former profession of the old woman Connie tends?

5. Why does Connie have to tend to the old woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the community oven lost its significance?

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

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

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

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

6. Why did Seneca go to Wichita, and why was the trip unproductive?

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

8. What is one of the things the Morgan twins probably consider when they are trying to decide what to do about Arnette's pregnancy?

9. Why do some of the residents leave Haven to found the town of Ruby?

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

Generally in fiction there is a clear protagonist and a clear antagonist. Can this be said of the novel "Paradise"? If you believe the novel contains a clear protagonist and antagonist, name them and explain how they fit these roles. If you believe there are no clear protagonists or antagonists, explain how this is the case.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the setting of the novel "Paradise" both in terms of geography and moment in history. How crucial is the setting to the story? Could the story presented by the novel have taken place at any other location or time?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the point of view in the novel "Paradise". Does the story come from a single narrator or multiple narrators? Does the point of view remain the same throughout the novel, or does it change, and what effect does this have on the story?

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