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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What intrigues Mrs. Ellsworth about Oceola?
2. How does Oceola feel about being engaged?
3. What is Mrs. Ellsworth's immediate determination for Oceola?
4. What is the second element that makes up Oceola's life?
5. What event does Oceola attend when she returns from her long trip?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Art, specifically music, is the center of this short story. All the characters are connected to art in some form, but Mrs. Ellsworth and Oceola both devote their lives to it. What does Mrs. Ellsworth think of art? What kind of belief does she wish to instill in Oceola? How does Oceola view art? What are the differences in the characters' perceptions of art? Make sure you answer each part of the question and use examples from the story to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
There are many different themes in "The Blues I'm Playing," and one of them is gossip. How does gossip play a role in "The Blues I'm Playing"? What does Mrs. Ellsworth find out through gossip? How do her findings that stem from gossip influence her decisions? Make sure you answer each question and use examples from the story to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Mrs. Ellsworth is fascinated with Oceola; she wants to be needed by her, and she wants to know everything about her. Why is this unusual? Why do you think Mrs. Ellsworth is fascinated with Oceola? What does Oceola represent for her? Make sure you answer all questions, using examples from the story to support your answer.
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