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. How many churches are located within the distance of one mile in Ruby?

2. All of the residents of Ruby, Oklahoma are of what race?

3. Where were Deek and Steward born?

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

5. How long has Mavis been away from the Convent when she returns to meet Gigi?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mavis become frightened during the interview, and why does she decide to flee?

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

3. How has the community oven lost its significance?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What event cuts short Mavis's reunion upon arriving back at the Convent after a month's absence?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the tone of the novel "Paradise". Does the tone remain consistent throughout the novel or does it change from chapter to chapter? What effect does the tone have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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