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. How old are Leah and Adah on their birthday?

2. Who is put in charge of the chickens?

3. What makes the Price house different than the others in the village?

4. What does Leah picture as her future career?

5. How many daughters does Orleanna have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mama Tataba quit working for the Prices? Do you agree with her decision?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. Who does Ruth May think the Congolese are in Book 1? Who are the white people that Ruth May says are now in the Congo?

9. Why does Adah think that church should be called the "Church of the Lost Cause." What does Nathan think about this?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Nathan Price and Brother Fowles. How are their attitudes and approaches toward the village of Kilanga and the Congo different? What do you think each represents or symbolizes within the book?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Kingsolver brings the United States into the novel in several different ways. What role did the United States play in the Congo at a national and village level? What does Kingsolver seem to think about the United States' role in the events in the Congo? Do you think the United States should have been involved in the Congo?

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