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. Who is Billie Delia's mother?

2. Who raised Lone DuPres?

3. What is one deed the Convent is blamed for that was actually committed by K.D.?

4. Why is Billie skeptical about the chances of a happy marriage between Arnette and K.D.?

5. What was a young man doing when he caught Connie's attention for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do many parents of the town instruct their children to stay away from Billie Delia, and is this reputation deserved?

2. Why does Mavis buy toys every Christmas?

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

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

5. Why does Lone believe that the men of Ruby want to get rid of the women at the Convent?

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

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

8. Why does Gigi receive fifty dollars for the box she finds under the bathtub?

9. What sort of prejudice does Patricia witness in Ruby?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Could the major conflict in the novel have been resolved any other way, or was the final outcome inevitable?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the final line of the book. How does the final line of the book relate to the entire preceding novel? How does this conception of paradise help explain the novel's title?

Essay Topic 3

Though the Morgan's are the wealthiest and most powerful people in Ruby, that is not to say that they have not faced their own hardships. Indeed, the Morgans have endured heartbreaking loses. Outline some of these loses and offer theories on why the loses did or did not affect the Morgan's views on race relations.

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