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 is Tio Juan doing when Gonzalo finds him?

2. Who does Sam hire to garden for him?

3. How did Wendell’s wife die?

4. Who calls Wendell to their apartment?

5. What does Kim hope will happen in the photo at the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Kim wonder about whether her father sees her?

3. What tragedies has Wendell experienced, and what are the effects on his life?

4. How do the plants give Wendell hope?

5. What is the problem with water in the lot, and how does Sam deal with it?

6. How does the chapter “Wendell” begin to show that words are not necessary to bring cultures together?

7. Why do you think Tio Juan becomes “childish” in the book?

8. What were Leona’s grandmother’s experiences with doctors?

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

10. Why does Kim’s family keep a photo of their father at an alter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Suspicion of others is a major theme in the novel, as there are many who are suspicious of their neighbors in this particular area. How does the garden help these individuals to lower their guard with one another? What is the garden able to do that merely living together does not do?

Essay Topic 3

In several chapters in the novel, characters go from being unable to function in society, to being a vital part of a thriving garden. How did this happen for Sae Young, Nora’s client, and Tio Juan? Why did the garden help them? How did it allow them a chance to become something they otherwise could not have been?

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