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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 Sae Young compare the garden community to?
2. What does Curtis begin to worry about?
3. What does Virgil’s father do in America?
4. What happens to the radishes?
5. What praise does the Italian woman give to Amir?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain why Curtis and Lateesha originally broke up.
2. What is Nora’s relationship with Mr. Myles?
3. What does Virgil find in the ground, and what does he eventually use it for?
4. Explain Sae Young’s life prior to her “accident”?
5. What is the point of the program for teen mothers?
6. What is Mr. Myles’ reaction to the garden?
7. Explain what Curtis does to thwart off the thieves.
8. Why does Virgil’s father lie to Mrs. Fleck, and what does he say?
9. Describe what Nora does to allow Mr. Myles to garden.
10. What is Curtis’ reaction to his tomato plants?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A primary theme in the novel is the ability of human kind to change their circumstances, if they choose. In the book, several characters change not only their own lives, but the lives of others through their actions. Choose two characters, and explain how their presence in the garden, and their actions, have helped change the lives of others. What does this say about the power of human kind, if they work together? Why is this important?
Essay Topic 2
What do you think the author was trying to get across with this novel? What was the primary theme? Was the author successful? How did the book make you feel? Did the author convince you of his primary point in writing the novel? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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