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. How long does Ruth May stay in bed?

2. What does Anatole mourn for on January 17?

3. With what illness does Leah become sick?

4. What does Anatole find in his bed before the big hunt?

5. In Book 6, where do Leah and Anatole live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What living creature invades Kilanga? What do the villagers do?

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

5. What happens to Rachel in her life? Do you think she is happy?

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

9. What does Orleanna do after Ruth May's death? Why does she do this?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A number of symbols are used within the novel. Choose one symbol and answer the following?

1) What is the symbol and what does it represent?

2) How does Kingsolver use the symbol in the novel?

3) Trace the symbol through the novel and note when it appears.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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