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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 Nathan Price encounter in the garden?
2. How far did Orleanna and the family have to carry water?
3. What is painted on Mother's oval platter?
4. What happens to Nathan in the war?
5. What do the Price girls hide in their pockets on the airplane?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Book 2 tell us about Nathan and his relationship to the family?
2. Why do the Underdowns come to Kilanga? How does Nathan respond?
3. What does the family bring with them to the Congo? What troubles did they have in getting these things to the Congo? How did they solve the problem?
4. What does Nathan Price's opinion of women seem to be based on the events and narration in Book 1?
5. What does Nathan want to happen on the day of the church picnic? Does this happen? Why or why not?
6. What responsibilities to the girls have when mother is in bed? Does Nathan make the situation easier or harder on them?
7. How did Orleanna meet Nathan? How did their relationship change?
8. Who is Mama Tataba? What does she try to help Nathan with? What does he do with her advice?
9. What are some of the superstitions that the villagers have? Why do you think they have these superstitions?
10. Who is Anatole? Why is Nathan angry with Anatole?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A number of symbols are used within the novel. Choose one symbol and answer the following?
1) What is the symbol and what does it represent?
2) How does Kingsolver use the symbol in the novel?
3) Trace the symbol through the novel and note when it appears.
Essay Topic 2
What are the similarities between the Prices' marriage and the relationship of the Belgians to the Congo? What do you think Nathan and the Belgians should have done differently?
Essay Topic 3
Kingsolver narrates the novel through five characters. How does she make the characters sound and feel different? What effect does the five narrators have on the novel? Why do you think Kingsolver used this device in the novel? What unique insights does each character give about the Congo, the family, or other aspects of the novel?
This section contains 1,200 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)