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. What is the parrot's name that was left by Brother Fowles?

3. Orleanna was a child of what era?

4. Ruth May thinks that Africans are from the tribes of ________?

5. Who greets the Prices when they land in Africa?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What are some of the superstitions that the villagers have? Why do you think they have these superstitions?

4. Why do you think Orleanna stays with Nathan despite the ways that he treats her?

5. How does the relationship between the Price girls and the village children change in Book 2?

6. How does Orleanna survive in the Congo amid all the hard work?

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

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

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

10. What does Nathan want to happen on the day of the church picnic? Does this happen? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Kingsolver chose the name "The Poisonwood Bible" for the novel? What does the poisonwood tree represent in the novel? What might be an alternative title for the novel that captures what is it about?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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