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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 think about Mrs. Ellsworth's insistence on moving?
2. Mrs. Ellsworth believes that one _______ can be substituted for another. (Fill in the blank)
3. How does Mrs. Ellsworth treat Oceola after the engagement announcement?
4. What type of school will Pete attend?
5. What happens when Mrs. Ellsworth and Oceola arrive at Oceola's home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"The Blues I'm Playing" takes place in another time period, and its setting provides an interesting backdrop that adds depth to the story. Describe the time period that this short story takes place in as well as the different places. How does the time period influence the characters? How does each place reflect Oceola or Mrs. Ellsworth? Make sure you answer each part of the question and use examples from the story to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
"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 3
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?
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