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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 Sethe say Paul D is not allowed to do?
2. In what way does Sethe say Halle mistreated her?
3. What does Beloved ask Denver about?
4. What does Denver ask Paul D?
5. Where does Beloved work?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do you think Baby Suggs meant by giving up the war?
2. Why do think Paul thinks that Beloved is moving him around the house?
3. Why does Amy consider her self as low in the social scale as slaves when she is white?
4. Is it significant that Denver looks after Beloved and not Sethe?
5. Why was Sethe so angry about the boys taking her milk?
6. Why does Denver not want Sethe to undo her braids?
7. Why is Denver convinced that Beloved is her sister?
8. Why do you think Paul D says it is a bad idea for an ex-slave to love his children so much?
9. Why does Denver deny that she saw Beloved pick up a chair?
10. Why do you think Paul D is ready to accept the presence of a ghost in the house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A ghost haunts 124. What do you think the ghost symbolizes? Why do you think they are so ready to believe in a ghost?
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
In the book many character change their names. For example, Baby Suggs changes her name from Janet. Why do you think people changed their names? Is there a difference between the characters that did change their names and the characters that did not?
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