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 do the purple moths called martinets do?

2. What does Nancy say Dr. Saturn's father was trying to do to his son?

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

4. Why does Marina have to perform a C-section on Dr. Swenson?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Marina realize Swenson is nearly seventy?

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

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

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

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

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

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 else are the Martins good for besides fertility inducement?

10. How does Swenson say Dr. Rapp would react to a ill or injured tribal member?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Ann Patchett.

2. What in Patchett's background may have helped him in writing State of Wonder? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Marina finds the courage to explain about Anders death. Mr. Fox, unable to deal with the emotional situation, says little, although he does comfort Karen. The two leave, and Marina, quite upset that she was forced to tell Karen instead of Fox, asks to be taken back to her car.

1. Why do you think Mr. Fox made Marina tell Karen about Anders death when he was Anders boss? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

2. Do you think Marina was right to get angry at Mr. Fox for not doing his job? Why or why not? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

3. Discuss what you would do if you had to tell someone their spouse was dead. Use examples from the story and your own life to support your answer.

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