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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. Where does Mr. Axelroot live?
2. Who believes that the village is in a moral decline because more people are going to church?
3. Orleanna's journey in Africa come to what kind of end?
4. What do the girls find after the rain?
5. Adah has which condition?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Book 1, Orleanna says, "Married to a man who would never love her, she stays his wife because it was what she can do." What do you think she means by this?
2. What happens in Book 2 that makes the Price family and the villagers think that Adah has died? What really happened?
3. 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?
4. What happens when the family first arrives in the Congo?
5. In Book 1, Rachel feels like the family is "in for it" in the Congo. Why do you think that Rachel feels this way?
6. Who is Nelson? Why does Anatole send Nelson to live with the Prices?
7. What does Nathan Price's opinion of women seem to be based on the events and narration in Book 1?
8. What was life like in the Congo for Orleanna?
9. What does Nathan want to happen on the day of the church picnic? Does this happen? Why or why not?
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
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?
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
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?
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