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 is the nephew of the Morgan twins?

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

3. Who did Connie have an affair with?

4. After Arnette returns from college, what does she refuse to do?

5. Where do Seneca and Sweetie walk together?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What reasons does Patricia give for not approving of Richard's talks with the young people of the town?

4. What is immediately noticeable about Gigi?

5. 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?

6. In addition to being respected as founders of the town of Ruby, what is another way that the Morgan twins have power over the townspeople?

7. Why does Deek tell Richard Misner that he has become the type of man that the founders of Haven hated?

8. How does Mavis get confused and diverted from her intention to go straight to California?

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

10. What started the townspeople's idea that Billie was a wild child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the structure of the novel "Paradise". Is the plot progression chronological and linear, or does the presentation of the story move forward and backward in time? How does the structure of the novel affect the overall story?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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