Paradise Chapter 7 - Consolata Questions and Answers

Toni Morrison

Chapter 7 - Consolata Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What made Consolata’s violent illness as a child almost pleasant?

2. How much time passed between the first time Connie saw “the living man” and the next time?

3. What errand brought the man out to the Convent?

4. What particular detail about Deek did Connie notice and love?

5. What had Sister Roberta most particularly warned the Native American girls against?

6. According to Consolata’s memory, over how many years had these women come to the convent?

7. How many children had Mary Magna “rescued” from the streets in South America?

8. Where had Mary Magna’s non-rescued children ended up?

9. According to the narrative voice, how rare are Catholic churches and schools in Oklahoma?

10. With what arrangements had Connie tried to tempt her lover to visit her?

Answers
1. The experience of seeing a woman’s face bent over hers, expressing love and worry through lake-blue eyes made Consolata’s violent illness as a child almost pleasant.

2. Two months passed between the first time Connie saw “the living man” and the next time.

3. The man came out to the Convent because he wanted to buy some of its well-known peppers.

4. Connie noticed and loved Deek’s smell.

5. Sister Roberta particularly warned the Native American girls against “drift.”

6. According to Consolata’s memory, these women had come to the convent over a period of eight years.

7. Mary Magna had “rescued” three children from the streets in South America.

8. The other children ended up in an orphanage in South America instead of coming back to Oklahoma with the nuns.

9. Catholic churches and schools in Oklahoma are “as rare as fish pockets.”

10. Connie tried to tempt her lover to visit her by promising him wine, roses, peaches, and candles.