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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Oceola receive when she attends the event after she returns from her long trip?
2. What is Mrs. Ellsworth's second presumption that leads to her conclusion about Oceola and the boarder?
3. Where does this investigator's source know Oceola from?
4. How did Oceola recognize Mrs. Ellsworth's reaction to the boarder?
5. How long will Mrs. Ellsworth be gone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Oceola is another main character of "The Blues I'm Playing." Her complex character has different traits in comparison to Mrs. Ellsworth, though they share a passion for music. What is Oceola's personal background? How does her background affect her view on art? How has her background formed the person she is now? Make sure you answer each question and use examples from the story to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Love is a theme that runs through many literary pieces, and it is a prominent theme in "The Blues I'm Playing." The two main characters view love as differently as they view art. What value does Mrs. Ellsworth place on love? Why? What value does Oceola place on love? Why? Compare and contrast the two characters' perceptions of love. Make sure you answer each question and use examples from the story to support your answer.
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