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 does Lusa say that the cows will eat?

2. What word does Deanna use to describe nature?

3. What color is Little Rickie's hair?

4. In Chapter 12, whom does Garnett write a letter to?

5. What does Lusa have a degree in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Deanna's demeanor, when Eddie leaves, after staying with her for nine days?

8. What does Nannie need to do to keep her organic farming certification valid?

9. In Chapter 12, Garnett suspects that Nannie has slandered his name. What is the situation?

10. Why does Eddie make Deanna nervous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Prodigal Summer", Nannie attempts to explain the "Volterra Principle" to Garnett. Explain, in depth, what this is. What does it have to do with pesticide use? Why, according to Nannie, is it being kept quiet and by whom?

Essay Topic 2

The Appalachian area is seen, by some, as being "hick" or "backward". Cite three examples from the book that would support this theory. Address regional dialect, stereotypes, and character names.

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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