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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mrs. Ellsworth think that art can replace the need for in Oceola's life?
2. What is one of the elements that makes up Oceola's life?
3. Where is the event Oceola attends when she returns from her long trip?
4. How long is Oceola gone?
5. What best describes the way art didn't play a role in Oceola's life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"Write what you know" is an old saying that Langston Hughes seems to have followed. His personal background is reflected in "The Blues I'm Playing" in different ways. How does his background influence "The Blues I'm Playing"? What kind of message do you think he relays through this short story, and does it reflect his own ideas? Make sure you answer each question and use examples from the story to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
In "The Blues I'm Playing," there are two main characters who have very different outlooks on life, even though they both cherish the same art. Their different motivations drive their actions. What motivates Mrs. Ellsworth's actions? What motivates Oceola's actions? How do their different outlooks on music affect their motivations? Make sure you answer each question and use examples from the story to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Various characters add different shades of complexity to "The Blues I'm Playing." They all provide something worth analyzing in the context of the main events of the plot as well as their influence on the main characters. Choose a character from the story other than Mrs. Ellsworth and Oceola, and explore their influence on the main characters (Oceola and Mrs. Ellsworth). How has this character affected Mrs. Ellsworth and/or Oceola? How does this character influence the events of the story?
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