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 becomes Orleanna's only purpose after Ruth May's death?

2. What does Leah begin to wonder?

3. Adah collects books that have what in them?

4. How old is Rachel turning in the beginning of Book 6?

5. What does Anatole tell Leah not to say?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Brother Fowles? How is he different from Nathan?

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

4. What does Anatole find in his hut? What is this a sign of? What happens to Anatole?

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

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

7. What happens during the big hunt?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the character of Anatole and what he represents. What is Anatole's background and what does he become? What does he symbolize at a national level? Why is someone like Anatole often viewed as dangerous?

Essay Topic 3

What is the importance of names in the novel? How are names important for people in the novel? What is the importance of naming something wrong in the novel?

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