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 many daughters does Orleanna have?

2. Who is put in charge of the chickens?

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. The tone of Book 1 is one of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think Kingsolver means when she has the woman in the market say that there has never been a village past Bulungu and that she doesn't know of anywhere called Kilanga?

2. What happens in Book 2 that makes the Price family and the villagers think that Adah has died? What really happened?

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. Who is Mama Tataba? What does she try to help Nathan with? What does he do with her advice?

8. Why do you think Adah begins to speak after Ruth May's death when she chose to remain silent before it?

9. Why does Orleanna go to the Congo? With whom does she go?

10. What living creature invades Kilanga? What do the villagers do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Trace the development and changes in Leah's relationship with her father throughout the novel. How does Leah feel about her father in the beginning of the novel? When do her feelings toward him start to change? How does she end up feeling about and relating to Nathan?

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

Nathan Price can be viewed as a symbol of colonial oppression. Discuss the similarities and differences between Nathan's treatment of the villagers in Kilanga and the Belgium's treatment of the Congo. How does Nathan illustrate the racial tension and intolerance that was often practiced in Africa by colonial powers?

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