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. What does the box Gigi finds under the bathtub contain?

2. Who has been injured in the automobile accident that Lone and Connie find?

3. Who is Billie Delia's mother?

4. What is one possible reason that Menus drinks too much?

5. What are K.D. and Arnette expecting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Richard Misner angry about?

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

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. What do Arnette and Soane have in common in terms of being parents?

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

7. What sort of dilemma does Billie face in her romantic life?

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the residents of Ruby seem to think that the root of all their past problems were white people. Based on the outcome of the novel and what we learn about human nature, is this believe and oversimplification? Which characters best illustrate your stance on the subject?

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