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 was Garnett's former occupation?

2. What significant event passes for Lusa in Chapter 8?

3. Why is Garnett sad?

4. How does Garnett describe Nannie's view of life?

5. What word does Deanna use to describe nature?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Garnett's basic persona, when we first get to know him?

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

5. Why does Eddie make Deanna nervous?

6. Describe Sam Hill as we meet him in Chapter 13.

7. Was Nannie right in moving her "No Spray Zone" sign onto the bank bordering Garnett's property?

8. How does Lusa feel that the townspeople look at her, since Cole's death?

9. What was the occupation of Lusa's grandparents?

10. What is Lusa's plan for her goats?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Man vs. nature is a common theme in "Prodigal Summer". Explain Deanna's theory of predation, as it relates to predators and prey. Cite examples that she lists in the book. If predators are killed or die at a faster rate than prey, what are some of the outcomes that she predicts will happen? What could the effect on humans be?

Essay Topic 2

Barbara Kingsolver is a biologist originally from Kentucky, with a home in southern Appalachia. Discuss what you believe to be her intention in writing this book. Did she mean for there to be a deeper meaning to the book other than ordinary fiction? Is it merely coincidence that she writes about a place and subjects that she is well versed in? Do you believe that she is trying to sway your opinion in areas such as eco-systems, hunting, or tobacco? Give precise reasons for your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Jewel has had to make the hardest decision of her life, deciding what is best for her children after her death. Describe, in depth, the situation and the people involved in this decision. What steps are taken to allow her to come to her decision? Whom does she choose? Whom does she not choose? Explain the reasoning for her decision.

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