The Poisonwood Bible Test | Mid-Book 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 Anatole have on his face?

2. Orleanna's husband did what as an occupation?

3. Where does Adah go when she gets home?

4. Who believes that the village is in a moral decline because more people are going to church?

5. What do the girls do in the mornings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Leah's relationship with her father like in Book 1?

2. Why do the people of the village stare at the Prices? Which family member did people used to stare at? Why do you think this person seems more normal to the villagers than the other family members?

3. What does Book 2 tell us about Nathan and his relationship to the family?

4. Why do the Underdowns come to Kilanga? How does Nathan respond?

5. Why do you think that Adah chooses not to speak?

6. Who is Nelson? Why does Anatole send Nelson to live with the Prices?

7. What is the Price house like? How is it different than other houses in the village?

8. What happens to Ruth May's sock monkey? How does she feel about this?

9. What was life like in the Congo for Orleanna?

10. In Book 1, Orleanna says, "Married to a man who would never love her, she stays his wife because it was what she can do." What do you think she means by this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism of the green mamba in the novel? Why do you think Ruth May chose to think of the green mamba instead of somewhere else?

Essay Topic 2

Nathan Price is the only character from the Price family that does not narrate in the novel. Why do you think he does not have a voice in the novel? What effect does this have on the reader's perception of him and the events of the novel? What does Nathan represent or symbolize in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

In The Poisonwood Bible, Orleanna's narrative looks back in time, while the other characters narrate from the present.

1) Why do you think Kingsolver included one narrative that looks back in time?

2) What does this type of narration add to the novel?

3) Why do you think Orleanna's character is the one looking back?

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