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 Anatole find in his bed before the big hunt?

2. What does Nathan preach about in the boat?

3. How long does Ruth May stay in bed?

4. What new name was the Congo given?

5. What animal does Leah kill during the big hunt?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during the big hunt?

2. 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?

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

4. Why does Rachel think that she can't go back to the United States now?

5. What happened to Patrice Lumumba?

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

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

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

9. What does Nelson give to Ruth May? What does he tell her to do with it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Kingsolver brings the United States into the novel in several different ways. What role did the United States play in the Congo at a national and village level? What does Kingsolver seem to think about the United States' role in the events in the Congo? Do you think the United States should have been involved in the Congo?

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