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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 Mrs. Ellsworth buy for Oceola?
2. Who did the Oceola's family travel with when Oceola was young?
3. What does Oceola do for a living?
4. How many children does Mrs. Ellsworth have?
5. What else does Mrs. Ellsworth insist on doing for Oceola?
Short Essay Questions
1. What information startles Mrs. Ellsworth during Oceola's personal narration of her life?
2. What does Oceola find in Paris?
3. How does Oceola respond to Mrs. Ellsworth's suggestion about Harlem?
4. What does Mrs. Ellsworth want Oceola to do in the beginning of the story?
5. Describe Pete Williams.
6. How does Mrs. Ellsworth feel about her decision on the soprano later on?
7. What does Oceola continue to do that Mrs. Ellsworth does not approve of?
8. What does Mrs. Ellsworth do that is considered inappropriate behavior during her first meeting with Oceola?
9. What happened the last time Oceola played for Mrs. Ellsworth?
10. Describe the soprano that Mrs. Ellsworth does not take interest in.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Marriage is usually a very happy occasion, but Mrs. Ellsworth reacts unhappily to news of Oceola's engagement. There are various reasons that could explain why she is so unsupportive of the engagement. List some of those reasons, and explain why. Why does Mrs. Ellsworth think Oceola's career will be over once married? What did marriage mean to Mrs. Ellsworth in her own life? Make sure you answer all questions using examples from the story to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Many themes and characters run through "The Blues I'm Playing." All provide important insight, but some may be more influential or significant than others. What character representation was the strongest and most significant in the story besides the two main characters of Mrs. Ellsworth and Oceola? How do all the themes and characters come together in one message? What message did the author intend to give through this story?
Essay Topic 3
Usually, a clear transformation can be seen in the characters of piece of a literature, but it is not so apparent in "The Blues I'm Playing." Have Oceola and Mrs. Ellsworth transformed in any way? How has Mrs. Ellsworth changed, and how has she stayed the same? How has Oceola changed, and how has she stayed the same?
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