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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. Who does Orleanna feel was on Nathan's side?
2. Who is the chief of Kilanga?
3. Where does Mr. Axelroot live?
4. For what does Mother begin to pray?
5. What happens after the Independence in the Price household?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Orleanna stays with Nathan despite the ways that he treats her?
2. How is Adah different than the rest of her family?
3. What is the Price house like? How is it different than other houses in the village?
4. What is Leah's relationship with her father like in Book 1?
5. Why does Adah think that church should be called the "Church of the Lost Cause." What does Nathan think about this?
6. How does the relationship between the Price girls and the village children change in Book 2?
7. Orleanna says that her journey in Africa came to a bad end in Book 1. What do you think will happen that will make Orleanna's journey end badly?
8. What does Nathan want to happen on the day of the church picnic? Does this happen? Why or why not?
9. What happens when the family first arrives in the Congo?
10. Book 2 opens with a startling revelation about the Price family. What does the Orleanna say is going to happen to the family? What do you think will happen in the rest of the book to make this come true?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the religions, cultures, and other differences between the Congo and the United States. Which characters in the novel seem to bridge these differences? Which ones do not?
Essay Topic 2
Kingsolver explores the themes of freedom and captivity in the novel. Where can these themes be seen in the novel (family, village, country)? What are the prices that freedom and captivity come with in the novel for the Congo and various characters?
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?
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