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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. How long does Ruth May stay in bed?
2. What makes everyone run to the river?
3. What is Leah learning?
4. What makes Mother get up?
5. What is the safe place that Ruth May thinks of in case she dies?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think that Leah now feels uncomfortable in the United States?
2. What does Tata Ndu want from the family in Book 3? How does the family respond?
3. Why do you think Adah begins to speak after Ruth May's death when she chose to remain silent before it?
4. What does Orleanna do after Ruth May's death? Why does she do this?
5. What regrets does Orleanna voice about her family and the situation in the Congo?
6. What living creature invades Kilanga? What do the villagers do?
7. What happened to Patrice Lumumba?
8. What happens during the big hunt?
9. 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?
10. What does Anatole find in his hut? What is this a sign of? What happens to Anatole?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Many Christian denominations have sent out missionaries. Do you think that Nathan's version of religion was what his denomination intended? Do you think missionaries should try to convert people? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Nathan Price is the only character from the Price family that does not narrate in the novel. Why do you think he does not have a voice in the novel? What effect does this have on the reader's perception of him and the events of the novel? What does Nathan represent or symbolize in the novel?
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