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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What health problem did the boy from up the road suffer from in "The Almost Friends"?
(a) A speech impediment.
(b) Epilepsy.
(c) Paraplegia.
(d) A hole in his heart.

2. Along what river did the Woodsons travel on their trips from Ohio to South Carolina?
(a) The Klamath River.
(b) The Columbus River.
(c) The Hocking River.
(d) The Arkansas River.

3. What breakfast does the poet describe eating in "Bible Times"?
(a) Bacon and eggs.
(b) Cereal.
(c) Buttered biscuits.
(d) Pancakes.

4. Who was the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South?
(a) Mabel Smith.
(b) Ruby Bridges.
(c) Sarah James.
(d) Jacqueline Woodson.

5. What form are the poems of Brown Girl Dreaming?
(a) Free verse.
(b) Haiku.
(c) Iambic pentameter.
(d) Blank verse.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Martin Luther King, Jr. born?

2. What night of the week is described in "Hair Night"?

3. When does Jackie describe her grandfather bringing home superhero comic books for his grandchildren in "Hope"?

4. What street did Mary Anne's parents live on in South Carolina?

5. What is described as Hope's Kryptonite in the poem "Hope"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event is described in the poem "The Candy Lady"?

2. How does the author describe her grandmother's rules in "The Right Way to Speak"?

3. How is "Daywork" described in the poem with the same name? Who took on daywork to support Jackie and her siblings when they were growing up?

4. How does the author describe her feelings about the Bible and Christianity in "Bible Times"?

5. What conflict is described in the poem "A Girl Named Jack"?

6. How is the unfolding Civil Rights Movement described in the poem "South Carolina at War"?

7. How does the author describe her ancestry in "February 12, 1963"?

8. What does the author describe calling her grandfather in "Gunnar's Children"? How does she describe her feelings for her grandfather?

9. How is life in Greenville described in the poem "Ohio Behind Us"?

10. How does the author describe the names in her family in "Family Names"?

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