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 Arnette bring to the Convent after her wedding?

2. What does Connie realize about Pallas before even Pallas knows?

3. What two Convent women have a physical altercation?

4. In addition to Senior Pullman, who presides at K.D. and Arnette's wedding?

5. Why did Pallas flee from her boyfriend and her mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do the women react to Lone's warning that men are coming to harm them?

5. What do the women of the Convent do after Connie draws their outlines on the basement floor?

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

7. How has Patricia's genealogy project turned into a way for her to express her negative view of the people of Ruby?

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

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

10. What is Richard Misner angry about?

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

Foreshadowing is an important literary tool. Examine the text for instances of foreshadowing. If instances are present, how do they impact the plot? If there are no instances of foreshadowing, a rare occurrence in a novel, how does the absence of foreshadowing affect the reader's reception of the story?

Essay Topic 3

On multiple occasions the civil authority in the area of Ruby is referred to as the "white law." The "white law" is something no citizen of Ruby wants to come in contact with. Explain what citizens of Ruby mean by "white law" and offer explanations based on information from the text and your own knowledge of history about why citizens of Ruby would fear the "white law."

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