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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. Why does Marina grab Fox tightly?
2. How is the crew of the boat greeted?
3. About what is Fox pleased?
4. What does Marina notice on many of the crates on the boat?
5. What does Swenson want of Marina?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Marina do in her spare time?
2. How does Marina realize Swenson is nearly seventy?
3. What does the tribe do occasionally when they go into the deep jungle and what does Swenson say about it?
4. What is the situation with Swenson's pregnancy?
5. What does Marina observe when she accompanies Dr. Buni and Nancy to the fertility trees?
6. How does Swenson say Dr. Rapp would react to a ill or injured tribal member?
7. What does Swenson tell Marina about Easter?
8. Why does Marina go into the jungle every day and what does she wonder about her doing so?
9. What does Marina find in her quarters?
10. What happens during the siesta that makes Swenson dump Marina on the deck?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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.
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