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. Where does Paul D remember meeting fellow slaves?

2. What did Denver used to hide from?

3. What does Sethe feed outside the back of her workplace?

4. What does Sethe say Paul D is not allowed to do?

5. Who gave Sethe her diamond earrings?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Denver deny that she saw Beloved pick up a chair?

3. In chapter twenty-two what do you think Beloved's story is about?

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

5. What does the fact Stamp hears dead black people signify?

6. Why does Sethe want to kill her children?

7. Why does Stamp ask about a woman he does not know?

8. Why was Sethe so angry about the boys taking her milk?

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

10. Why do you think Denver does not want to hear Sethe's stories?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about Paul D's time in prison in Georgia. What do you think conditions were like? How would you have coped in similar conditions?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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