Paradise Test | Final 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. Where does Connie spend an increasing amount of time?

2. To whom do Pullman's accusatory statements seem directed at?

3. One day, who arrives at the Convent instead of Deek?

4. How do the women respond to Lone's warning?

5. Why is Richard concerned about Billie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the circumstances surrounding Ruby Best's death?

3. What are some of K.D.'s thoughts about marriage that indicate that he still has an immature or naïve worldview?

4. What is Richard Misner angry about?

5. Why does Mavis buy toys every Christmas?

6. What was Pallas Truelove's situation before she arrived at the Convent?

7. Why do some people believe that Senior Pullman's negative remarks are directed at Richard Misner?

8. Why do the Fleetwoods blame Lone for problems with their grandchildren, and what evidence is there that the situation was not Lone's fault?

9. How do the town of Ruby and the Convent share joint responsibility for the field of marijuana?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Offer a detailed theory about the meaning of the title of the novel. On the surface, neither Ruby nor the Convent seems like a paradise. What might Morrison have intended by choosing this title?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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