The Poisonwood Bible Test | Final 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 Leah create controversy over wanting to do?

2. What does Adah study in her work?

3. Who does the green mamba bite?

4. Which baby does Orleanna think overtakes the mother?

5. What does Anatole tell Leah not to say?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Ruth May chooses a green mamba as the place that she wanted to be when she died?

2. What happened to Patrice Lumumba?

3. What regrets does Orleanna voice about her family and the situation in the Congo?

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

5. How is Orleanna changed when she finally gets up from bed? Who does she influence?

6. What do Rachel and Adah learn? From where do they each learn this?

7. Where does each of the girls go after Ruth May's death?

8. Why do you think Adah says that the loss of life isn't always unwelcome?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

A number of symbols are used within the novel. Choose one symbol and answer the following?

1) What is the symbol and what does it represent?

2) How does Kingsolver use the symbol in the novel?

3) Trace the symbol through the novel and note when it appears.

Essay Topic 3

Describe what happens to each of the three remaining daughters after Ruth May's death. Include in your answer the following:

1) How did the Congo change each person?

2) How did Ruth May's death affect each person?

3) Which of the three girls emerges from the Congo the strongest?

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