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Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver

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Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics

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What historical slaughter did Nathan avoid by chance?

To whom does Orleanna address her narrative?

Which of the following best describes Leah's attitude toward her father at the start of the book?

What does bangala mean in Lingala?

What is the first piece of Mama Mwanza's advice that Nathan ignores?

What gift does Nelson give to Ruth May when she falls sick with malaria?

What does Ruth May choose as her "safe place"?

Which of the four sisters never spies on Eeben Axelroot?

When does Orleanna appear to give up on life?

What does Ruth May notice on the way to Stanleyville?

Why does Nathan become enraged with Anatole?

What decision-making procedure do the Congolese traditionally favor?

Which of the following best describes Brother Fowles version of Christianity?

What does Axelroot confide to Rachel after he kisses her?

What one object does Rachel bring with her when the Prices flee the fire ants?

Which of the following does not happen to Leah on the night of the fire ants?

Which of the following events makes Adah feel that she has been abandoned?

Which of the following most angers Tata Kuvundu?

Who is responsible for placing the green mamba snake in the chicken coop?

How do the girls catch the culprit?

When does Nathan finally baptize the children of Kilanga?

Why does Leah choose to remain in the Congo?

What activity does Orleanna take up back in Georgia?

What profession does Adah take on?

What is Ruth May's final message to her mother?

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by GrammarJunkie18, July 11, 2013

Corrections: There are several mistakes in this article, from plot-related to grammatical. The ones I can think of off the top of my head are: a) Adah's right side, not her left, is crippled, b) the author used "effect" as a verb, and c) it's wringing, not ringing, near the end. Someone should probably look over this sometime. Also, the article presents Nathan Price as a completely flat character; however, he has his moments of uncertainty (for example, when he reshapes his garden into mounds, or when he reacts to the news of the little girl... Read more

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