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. While the issue of Arnette's pregnancy is being worked out, what woman is K.D. most fascinated with?

2. What is the occupation of Roger Best?

3. Why did the families who settled Ruby leave Haven?

4. Who does K.D. blame for Arnette's pregnancy?

5. Why does Gigi remain at the Convent rather than continue on with Roger?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The novel does not have a simply linear plot progression. Describe the novel's plot progression and what effect this has on the reader.

Essay Topic 2

How do the people of Ruby recreate the same prejudices and forms of discrimination that the founders were trying to escape?

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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