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. What does Dr. Swenson say Marina must do or Swenson will drop her on the shore?

2. How do the Lakashi women use the trees that produce the fertility compound?

3. Why is Dr. Swenson angry with Barbara?

4. What is one thing Marina does on her time off?

5. What stories does Alan Saturn tell Marina?

Short Essay Questions

1. What else are the Martins good for besides fertility inducement?

2. What happens during the siesta that makes Swenson dump Marina on the deck?

3. What does Marina do in her spare time?

4. What does Easter do that upsets Marina and how does Swenson react?

5. What is Swenson's philosophy about intervention in the lives of the tribes?

6. Who does Marina write' how is the letter to be posted, and what letters does Easter keep giving her?

7. Why does Marina go into the jungle every day and what does she wonder about her doing so?

8. How does Marina save Easter's life?

9. What does Marina find in her quarters?

10. What does Marina observe when she accompanies Dr. Buni and Nancy to the fertility trees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of State of Wonder, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in State of Wonder. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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

Characters are an important part of what makes State of Wonder interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Marina. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Dr. Swenson. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Jim Fox. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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