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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. In what part of New York does the Boyce family live?

2. How do others react when Selina tries to tell them about her mother's plan to sell her father's land?

3. In Book 3, what news do Silla's friends inform her about that triggers her anger?

4. Why is Book 2 called Pastorale?

5. What is the name of Beryl's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the issue of racism introduced in Book 1?

2. In Book 2, while her parents argue about the land in Barbados, what do Selina's daydreams focus upon?

3. In Book 1, Chapter 3, why does Selina worry about her mother?

4. Following his work injury, why does Deighton see no point in engaging in physical therapy to enable his injured arm back to full strength?

5. What is Selina's relationship with her mother like?

6. How are Silla and Miss Thompson alike?

7. Why does Suggie drink rum and act so promiscuous?

8. Why is Selina uncomfortable in Book 2 when she sees the couple making out in the park ?

9. What is the main problem in Silla's and Deighton's marriage?

10. In Book 1, why does Selina not want to wear the second-hand clothes that Silla has brought home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the Greek myth of Iphigenia relate to this novel? What does Selina think about her future that is similar to that of Iphigenia? Does Selina's future turn out like that of Iphigenia; or does it turn out in a different way? Why does the author include that reference?

Essay Topic 2

Religion and poverty are important issues in Brown Girl, Brownstones. How are the two tied together? Does religion impact any character's view or relationship with money? Does poverty prompt some of the characters to seek religion? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Death induces extreme emotional reactions. Think about each of the deaths that occur in this novel - both actual physical deaths and metaphorical deaths. Focusing on each one in turn, analyze the importance of each death, and how it plays an integral role in a new life coming forth.

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