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 was the man who built the Convent arrested for?

2. Why is Richard concerned about Billie?

3. Who did Billie first turn to after the violent argument with her mother?

4. What country was Consolata originally from?

5. Who does Pallas believe she should contact?

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

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

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

5. Though she was welcomed back home by her father, why did Pallas return to the Convent?

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

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

8. What is Richard Misner angry about?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you believe that Mavis' family really intended or even wanted to kill her? Could there be another reason for Mavis believing that her family wanted to kill her?

Essay Topic 2

Develop an argument that proposes that the vast differences between Ruby and the Convent can be traced back to their origins. Ruby was founded intentionally by those trying to avoid oppression of a racial majority. The Convent came about mostly by accident as a place where several traumatized women found sanctuary.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the setting of the novel "Paradise" both in terms of geography and moment in history. How crucial is the setting to the story? Could the story presented by the novel have taken place at any other location or time?

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