Brown Girl, Brownstones Test | Final 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. At the end of Book 3, what does Silla do when she realizes that Deighton will not be returning?

2. What are Selina's plans at the end of the book?

3. What does Clive's mother do to his paintings?

4. Why does Deighton want to be called Brother Boyce after he has fallen in with Father Peace?

5. In Book 4, where does Selina attend a party despite still deeply grieving over her father's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Selina know that her father is truly lost to her family?

2. What does Clive's relationship with his mother teach Selina about her own relationship with her mother?

3. Why does Selina finally leave Clive?

4. How does Father Peace upset Selina rather than make her feel welcome?

5. How does Selina surprise herself when she meets Clive?

6. In Book 4, Chapters 1-3, Silla finally achieves her dream of owning the house that she and Selina live in. What makes it apparent that it has not made her happy?

7. What does Selina think about the Association?

8. Why does Clive warn Selina against joining the Modern Dance Club?

9. Why does Selina go to her first Association meeting?

10. Why does Miss Thompson tell Selina the story of how her foot became ulcerated?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Racism is one of the major themes in Brown Girl, Brownstones. Part 1: Discuss what you know about racism in the early 20th Century, and provide examples from the book that illustrate your points.

Part 2: Compare and contrast how Deighton, Silla, and Selina experience and react to racism.

Essay Topic 2

Family relationships are important to Selina, and all the characters in Brown Girl, Brownstones. Some relationships are better than others. Some seem one-sided. Each relationship affects Selina and her ultimate view of the world. Analyze the complex familial relationships that exist between: 1) Deighton and Silla; 2) Deighton and Selina; 3) Silla and Selina; and 4) Ina and Selina.

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the ways in which Selina is innocent and how she gains knowledge. Connect those ideas to major themes in the book. In other words, identify the areas in which Selina is innocent, and track her journey into a more knowledgeable status in the area(s) that you cite. What themes do those topics illuminate?

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