The Orchid Thief Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Susan Orlean
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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. How many species are in the Dendrobium genus of orchids?

2. Most Seminoles speak what language?

3. What did Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward put into a jar and then forget about it?

4. What did Laroche attempt to use to get in for free at the orchid show in Gorgeous?

5. Where did Susan attend an orchid show with Laroche in Cloning the Ghost?

Short Essay Questions

1. How many species of orchids are there? How are they named?

2. What did John Laroche reveal about his love of orchids in The Millionaire's Hothouse?

3. What is special about the pollination of orchids?

4. Why did Susan decide to go into the Fakahatchee Strand in A Green Hell? How did she feel entering it?

5. What did the judge concur after hearing Laroche at trial in The Millionaire's Hothouse? Where did Laroche take Susan afterward?

6. What scene did Laroche cause at a friend's nursery in Cloning the Ghost?

7. Why had Laroche chosen orchids for cultivation? What did he begin with?

8. What did Susan think of Laroche after the orchid show in Gorgeous? What did he ask her?

9. What are John Laroche's most striking qualities? How is he introduced in the narrative?

10. Who were Frederick Sander and Benedict Roezl?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the orchid family. What makes orchids special and different from other plants and collectible flowers?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the fauna and flora of the Fakahatchee Strand. What dangerous animals must one be wary of in the swamps?

Essay Topic 3

How does the theme of obsession apply to "The Orchid Thief"? What symbols and metaphors support this theme?

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