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 are K.D. and Arnette expecting?

2. Connie and the man have regular meetings on what day of the week?

3. What does Deek do immediately upon arriving at the Convent?

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

5. Patricia's father Roger often has ideas for new what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Deek believe that the tea that Connie gave Soane causes, and why is this ironic?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Generally in fiction there is a clear protagonist and a clear antagonist. Can this be said of the novel "Paradise"? If you believe the novel contains a clear protagonist and antagonist, name them and explain how they fit these roles. If you believe there are no clear protagonists or antagonists, explain how this is the case.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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