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. What does Selina discover that her father has left behind upon her return with Ian following her parents' argument over Deighton's involvement with Father Peace?

2. What does Selina realize when she dances and laughs with Suggie following Miss Mary's death?

3. At the end of Book 3, what does Silla do when she realizes that Deighton will not be returning?

4. What does Selina do at the recital?

5. Whom of the following does the author indicate that she has been made to feel like when referring to the hard future that Selina has faced?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Selina call her mother "Hitler"?

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

3. By Book 4, Chapter 4, Selina is growing up and going to college. What else is different in her life?

4. What is Selina planning to do when she decides to try to help Clive with his art career?

5. What does Selina think about the Association?

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

7. Why does Selina decline the Association scholarship?

8. What does Selina think upon meeting Clive's mother?

9. Does Selina's experience with the Modern Dance Club reinforce Clive's belief that the White people who belong to it are racists?

10. Why is Silla upset with Deighton's adoration of Father Peace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

A character from Greek mythology, Atlas is compared to Selina because she feels like she is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. What are the type of weights that Selina carries? What other characters carry big weights on their shoulders? Does that make them stronger? Meaner? More compassionate? Does Atlas ever get relief from his burden? Do Selina, Silla, or any of the other characters?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Selina's coming of age story to any other literary coming of age story that you have studied. What do coming of age stories have in common? What differences can you reflect upon? Why are coming of age stories important in our literary world?

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