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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 makes Mother get up?
2. How long does Ruth May stay in bed?
3. What do the girls find when they take Ruth May's bed away from the wall?
4. Which family member refuses to take any responsibility for what happened to Ruth May?
5. What does Ruth May have to do to get her spirit in the bone, according to Nelson?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Tata Ndu want from the family in Book 3? How does the family respond?
2. What does Orleanna do after Ruth May's death? Why does she do this?
3. What does Anatole find in his hut? What is this a sign of? What happens to Anatole?
4. Why does Rachel think that she can't go back to the United States now?
5. 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?
6. What does Leah want to do with the men in the village? Who is not happy about this? How does Leah get her way?
7. What does Nelson give to Ruth May? What does he tell her to do with it?
8. Orleanna characterizes Nathan as someone who stands still. What does she mean by this?
9. What living creature invades Kilanga? What do the villagers do?
10. What do Rachel and Adah learn? From where do they each learn this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the religions, cultures, and other differences between the Congo and the United States. Which characters in the novel seem to bridge these differences? Which ones do not?
Essay Topic 2
Kingsolver explores the themes of freedom and captivity in the novel. Where can these themes be seen in the novel (family, village, country)? What are the prices that freedom and captivity come with in the novel for the Congo and various characters?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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