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. Who was the only person to die in the town that became Ruby, Oklahoma during a period of two decades?

2. Instead of being supportive of Mavis's decision, what does Mavis's mother say?

3. Who takes Mavis to get gasoline for her car?

4. Who owns the bank in Ruby?

5. Where did the men hold the discussion that determined that they would attack the Convent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Deek drive to the bank even though it is a short distance?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Gigi become stranded at the convent?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is an important literary tool. Examine the text for instances of foreshadowing. If instances are present, how do they impact the plot? If there are no instances of foreshadowing, a rare occurrence in a novel, how does the absence of foreshadowing affect the reader's reception of the story?

Essay Topic 3

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."

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