Prodigal Summer: A Novel Test | Mid-Book 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 is George Tick's gas station giving away?

2. What was Deanna attracted to in college?

3. Where does Nannie sell her produce?

4. What does Deanna stop to admire on the forest trail in Chapter 7?

5. How is Cole killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Eddie respects Deanna?

2. What is the ritual for traditional Muslin prayer?

3. How has Deanna ended up as a forest ranger, studying coyotes?

4. According to Garnett's religious beliefs, when is it okay for an animal species to go extinct?

5. What is Deanna's main defense of coyotes, concerning the killing of farm livestock?

6. Do you think it odd that Lusa dreams of a moth making love to her?

7. Why do Cole and Lusa fight a lot?

8. How do you think Herb and Big Rickie handle the situation about putting in Lusa's crop?

9. Why does Lusa feel that her new sisters-in-law do not like her?

10. Why does Deanna physically attack Eddie, in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eddie Bondo is portrayed as a character that is easy to distrust. Citing examples from the book, discuss what you think his true character is. Has he been accurately portrayed? Would you consider him a good person or not? What are Deanna's expectations of him? Did this have an effect on how you viewed him?

Essay Topic 2

After several conversations with Crys, Lusa concludes that Crys's aunts do not understand her and are doing her more harm than good. Cite three examples from the book that support this. What have they said and done that convinces her of this? What impact has their behavior had on Crys? Does Jewel agree with Lusa?

Essay Topic 3

Deanna and Lusa are both strong women, each in her own right. Which woman do you believe to be the stronger overall? Give three examples to support this and explain why you chose one and not the other.

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