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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. For what does Adah think that Mother waits?
3. What does the old woman give to Mother?
4. What does Leah wish that she could give to her father?
5. What does Tata Ndu want from the Prices?
Short Essay Questions
1. What regrets does Orleanna voice about her family and the situation in the Congo?
2. What does Leah tell Anatole? What does he tell her in return? Why do you think he responds this way?
3. Who is Brother Fowles? How is he different from Nathan?
4. What does Nelson give to Ruth May? What does he tell her to do with it?
5. What happens during the big hunt?
6. Orleanna characterizes Nathan as someone who stands still. What does she mean by this?
7. Why does Rachel think that she can't go back to the United States now?
8. What living creature invades Kilanga? What do the villagers do?
9. What happens to Ruth May at the end of Book 4? What happens after this event?
10. Why do you think Ruth May chooses a green mamba as the place that she wanted to be when she died?
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
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
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?
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