Beloved Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Denver decide not to tell her mother?

2. What does Beloved wonder about herself?

3. Who gave Denver her perfume?

4. How far does Paul D say that Sixo would walk to meet a woman?

5. How long did the man say he would spend chiseling Sethe's daughters gravestone until he would charge for it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a Sweet Home Man?

2. Why do you think Paul D is ready to accept the presence of a ghost in the house?

3. Why do you think Paul D says it is a bad idea for an ex-slave to love his children so much?

4. Do you think it is important that Sethe's scar resembles a tree?

5. Why do you think Sethe's scar disgusts Paul D so much?

6. Why do you think Mrs. Garner laughs at Sethe when she asks if she can have a proper wedding?

7. Why does Paul call his tobacco tin his heart?

8. Why do you think the town is so angry at Sethe?

9. How is it significant to the story that Sethe was not thrown into the sea unlike the other babies?

10. Why does Paul question his manhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this novel, Morrison uses the stream of consciousness technique twice, once with Sethe and in the next chapter with Denver.

1) How do you think stream of consciousness works to express a character's thoughts?

2) Why do you think Morrison uses stream of consciousness with these two characters?

Essay Topic 2

Paul D, Sethe, and Denver spend a day at the carnival set aside for black people. They enjoy it because they get to laugh at white people.

1) What would you think of white people if you were a black person during this time? Would you hide your feelings?

2) Think about if you were white. How difficult would it be to form a decent opinion of black people when society went out of its way to dehumanize them? Do you think white people's upbringings conditioned them to treat black people so badly?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Baby Suggs.

1) What is her importance to Sethe?

2) Why do some people not like her?

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