Seedfolks 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 Sam note is a hobby of his?

2. What language does Tio Juan speak?

3. What is the result of Leona’s efforts with the city?

4. Whose picture is Kim staring at during the opening of the book?

5. How long had Kim not been tending the plants?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leona finally convince the city officials to meet with her?

2. Why do you think Wendell becomes attached to the bean plants, as Ana did?

3. How does gardening help Tio Juan in the chapter “Gonzalo”?

4. Do you think Ana was right to go dig up something she thought was trouble?

5. Why does Leona decide she needs to do something about the lot?

6. At the end of this chapter “Sam,” why does Sam claim the garden is a reflection of Cleveland?

7. Why does Ana purchase binoculars at the end of the chapter titled “Ana”?

8. Kim mentions crying for a different reason than her sisters. What does she mean by this?

9. What does Gonzalo learn about his equation by the end of the chapter “Gonzalo”?

10. Why does Ana describe her neighborhood in terms of the cultures within it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sam mentions the garden as a paradise, and compares it to Eden. Wendell points out a biblical verse “A child shall lead them.” Sam notes that the garden is a reflection of society. If this is the case, compare and contrast the society depicted by those in the beginning of the novel with the society depicted by those at the end of the novel. Do you think the garden was the only thing responsible for the change? Why or why not? How did Leona, Sam, Nora, Sae Young, and the other characters all help to make the community a better place?

Essay Topic 2

Kim and Curtis both use the garden to prove something. Discuss these characters in detail, and explain what the garden is helping them to prove, either to themselves, or to others, living or deceased. What are these characters able to show through their gardening? How are they able to connect to their loved ones?

Essay Topic 3

Several times in the novel, the characters mention that the community garden gives them hope. Wendell, in particular, notes that he can’t change his life, but he can use the garden to change his circumstances. Sae Young, too, uses the garden to enhance her existence, as does Nora, and other characters. Choose three characters, and explain how the garden has given them hope, or changed their lives.

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