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 the note from Anders say that is in Easter's box?

2. What is Nkomo studying?

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

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

5. What does Marina think Swenson is implying when talking about Anders?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Marina perform surgery and how does it go?

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

4. What does Marina do in her spare time?

5. What does Swenson tell Marina about Easter?

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

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

8. What awakens Marina during the night and what does she do?

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

10. Who does Marina meet at the docks the next morning and where does he take her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of State of Wonder and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why State of Wonder is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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