State of Wonder Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann Patchett
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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. About what do the Bovenders say Dr. Swenson is not at fault?

2. Where does Marina go before leaving the States?

3. Why is Marina left behind as Dr. Swenson and the others start to walk?

4. Who is tall, tan and blond?

5. Why does Fox think Swenson will listen to Marina?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Marina feel about the river?

2. Who is Milton and how does he help Marina when she lands in Manaus?

3. What did Mr. Fox explain to Marina about the Lakashi women?

4. What does Marina do when Barbara show her Dr. Swenson's mailbox?

5. Who are the Bovenders and where does Marina encounter them?

6. What does the letter from Dr. Swenson say about Anders Eckman?

7. How does Dr. Swenson react when she realizes Marina intends to come to the jungle with her?

8. What do the Bovenders argue concerning Swenson and Vogel?

9. Give a synopsis of the conversation between Karen Eckman and Marina that night?

10. Describe the conversation at the cafe between Marina and Dr. Swenson about Anders.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in State of Wonder. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Patchett chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Patchett chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Patchett's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Patchett use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as State of Wonder help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading State of Wonder? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in State of Wonder to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in State of Wonder? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in State of Wonder including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from State of Wonder and your own live to support your opinion.

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