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. Why does Mrs. Garner laugh at Sethe?

2. Where does Paul D take Sethe and Denver?

3. What does Amy make Sethe the morning after the birth?

4. What does Denver want from Beloved?

5. Why is Sethe angry at Paul D?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think Denver is so jealous of Paul D's presence?

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

4. In the seventh chapter, Beloved chokes on a raisin, and again it is Denver who takes her upstairs. Why do you think at this point Denver is still so attentive towards Beloved's needs?

5. In what way does the seventh chapter show the horrors of slavery?

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

7. How is it significant that Baby Suggs preached in churches regardless of domination?

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

9. How is it significant that Denver's story comes alive?

10. Is Beloved falling apart like she says?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Sethe is an ex-slave from Kentucky. What problems do you think Sethe faces as a slave here? Was it worse in other places? How do you think it has shaped Sethe as a person?

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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