Bright and Morning Star Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where is Sug at the beginning of the story?

2. What does Sue need to do with the clothes in the zinc wash tub?

3. Why does Sue protect her sons?

4. Why was one of Sue's sons arrested a year ago?

5. What does Sue hear after she returns to her ironing after Reva left?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Reva do and what does she ask Sue?

2. What does the sheriff say to Sue as they come up to him?

3. What does Sue do after she finishes her ironing?

4. What happens to Sue first in the kitchen when she confronts who is in her house?

5. What does Sue tell Booker eventually and how does she feel about it?

6. What does Sue resolve to do as they take her to the sheriff?

7. How does Sue react to Reva's thoughts on the situation?

8. Who comes into the house and what does she say?

9. What does Sue do when she feels she wants to be alone?

10. What happens when Booker comes into the clearing?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Another character we meet in this section is a young woman named Reva. We don't learn very much about her here or in the rest of the story, only that she is white and in love with Johnny-Boy.

1. How do you think a relationship between a African American man and white woman would have caused problems in the era in which this story takes place?

2. Do you think that inter-racial relationships are more accepted today than when this story took place? Why or why not?

3. With some research find a true incident in history of a African American man and white woman marriage and what happened in their lives.

Essay Topic 2

When Sue tells one of the men that she is sure her son will eventually be killed, the man tells her that his life can be spared if he gives them the names of his comrades. Sue replies that she knows her son will not do this and so she is prepared for his death.

1. How did you respond to Sue's handling of this part of the situation?

2. Do you think this behavior on Sue's part is realistic in the real world? Why or why not?

3. If your child's life was at stake what would you do in Sue's position?

Essay Topic 3

"Bright & Morning Star" is a short story that explores the complex themes of racism and the wide reaches of a mother's love for her children.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

2. Compare the use of themes in this text with another story that you have read this year.

3. What other themes do you think might be used in this story? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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