State of Wonder Test | Final 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. To what does Dr. Swenson admit about accompanying the tribe into the deep jungle?

2. Why does Swenson drop Marina's hammock onto the deck?

3. Why does Marina go back to the boat?

4. What stories does Alan Saturn tell Marina?

5. Where does Marina go with Alan and Nancy Saturn?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are on the boat going to the trading post?

2. What has Marina been doing since performing the C section, and what does she want to do?

3. What does Marina do in her spare time?

4. Why is Dr. Nkomo in Brazil?

5. What is said about Dr. Rapp during the boat trip?

6. What does Marina learn about the Martins and Rapps?

7. How does Marina realize Swenson is nearly seventy?

8. How does Marina feels as the boat pulls up to the dock where the Lakashi are and how do they greet the arrivals?

9. What does Swenson do immediately upon arriving and who helps Marina?

10. What is the situation with Swenson's pregnancy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think State of Wonder is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by State of Wonder. Questions that Patchett most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Patchett' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Patchett' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Patchett and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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