Dietland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sarai Walker
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 176 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Dietland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sarai Walker
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 176 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. On the day that Verena first visits Plum's apartment, how long does Plum say it has been since anyone besides the superintendent has been inside her home?

2. Where does Plum keep clothes that are much too small for her?

3. What reason does Plum provide for why she does not have more friends, does not have dinner parties, and does not have overnight guests?

4. Verena tells Plum that "the weight-loss industry is the most" what type of "failed industry in history" (98)?

5. How does Plum afford such an expensive apartment in New York City?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has always been Plum's dream career?

2. What act does Dr. Ormond Brown believe has precipitated the murders of Michael Simmons and Davis Green?

3. Describe Plum's job at Austen Media and how she comes to inhabit it.

4. What is the significance of the news story about Jayson Fox, the young rap star from Los Angeles?

5. What is the author's purpose for including the enormous list of lipstick colors within the narrative?

6. How does the motif of the italicized word "Burst!" (42) coincide with the theme of self-hatred?

7. Discuss the difference between Alicia and Plum at the start of the novel.

8. What is ironic about Plum's reaction to her encounter with Janine at the Baptist Diet meeting?

9. How does the terrorist organization known as Jennifer claim responsibility for the murders of Michael Simmons and Davis Green?

10. What significant event happens in the spring of Plum's junior year of high school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Determine the author's message regarding violent vigilanteism in pursuit of gender equality. If she does not approve, prove it with evidence from the text and discuss the actions she presents as alternatives. If she does approve, prove it with evidence from the text and discuss the justification she provides for such an extreme position.

Essay Topic 2

How is the topic of discovery treated within the novel and how does its treatment relate to the book's repeated allusions to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the themes of truth, lies, and hypocrisy are interwoven within the novel’s narrative. Be sure to include discussion of Plum's decision at the very end of the novel to resist her urge to tell Leeta that everything will be alright.

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