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. Why does Mother cry on Rachel's birthday?

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

3. Where does Leah think that the quote Adah gives her is from?

4. Rachel notices that all the women wear what item of clothing?

5. What happens after the Independence in the Price household?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the family first arrives in the Congo?

2. 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?

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

4. What does Leah want to do with the men in the village? Who is not happy about this? How does Leah get her way?

5. Why do you think that Leah now feels uncomfortable in the United States?

6. What does Tata Ndu want from the family in Book 3? How does the family respond?

7. Orleanna characterizes Nathan as someone who stands still. What does she mean by this?

8. What does Leah tell Anatole? What does he tell her in return? Why do you think he responds this way?

9. In Book 1, Rachel feels like the family is "in for it" in the Congo. Why do you think that Rachel feels this way?

10. How is Adah different than the rest of her family?

Essay 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

The Prices change during their time in the Congo. Discuss how the changes affect the family, including:

1) Which character do you think changed the most? How did this character change?

2) Which character changed the least? In what ways does the character remain the same?

3) How does the family itself change from the beginning of the book to the end?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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