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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 Virgil’s father plant?
2. What do most of the gardeners plant?
3. What praise does the Italian woman give to Amir?
4. What does Leona tell Maricela that makes her think differently?
5. Who does Nora ache to tell of the garden?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Maricela resent being pregnant?
2. Explain Sae Young’s life prior to her “accident”?
3. What brings Sae Young back out into the world, and why?
4. Why does Nora want to tell the tourists of the garden?
5. Describe Sam’s contest, and the winning idea.
6. Describe Curtis, as he is now, in terms of his priorities.
7. What does Amir learn about his misconceptions of cultures?
8. Describe what happened to make Sae Young afraid of the world.
9. Why does Virgil eventually feel pity for his father?
10. Why does Virgil’s father lie to Mrs. Fleck, and what does he say?
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
Briefly go through each of the characters in the novel, and explain how the garden helped to improve their lives, circumstances, or outlook on life. Be sure to include details of each story to show an understanding of how the garden affected the characters.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel, the characters mention fighting a number of stereotypes. Choose three characters from the book, and explain how their lives have been impacted by the stereotypes either about them, held by others, or held by them about others. How do these stereotypes damage their relationships with others? What, if anything, changes them in the novel?
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