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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 kind of branch has Jackie's mother stripped to use as a switch in the poem "The Right Way to Speak"?
(a) An elm tree branch.
(b) A weeping willow branch.
(c) A rose-bush branch.
(d) A sage-brush branch.

2. Where is Dorothy's seamstress that makes her dresses and gloves described in "The Training"?
(a) New York.
(b) Chattanooga.
(c) Memphis.
(d) Charleston.

3. Who in Jacqueline Woodson's family wanted her to be named simply "Jack"?
(a) Her mother.
(b) Her uncle.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her aunts.

4. How old does Jacqueline Woodson describe herself in the poem "The Beginning"?
(a) 7.
(b) 3.
(c) 9.
(d) 6.

5. What does the poet describe topping the letter "J" with in "The Beginning"?
(a) A jagged line.
(b) A straight hat.
(c) A pedestal.
(d) A crowbar.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the occupation of Jacqueline Woodson's maternal grandfather?

2. When did Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom take place?

3. How does Jacqueline Woodson describe her infant fists in "Second Daughter's Second Day on Earth"?

4. Who was the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South?

5. What is Grace Woodson's relationship to Jacqueline?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolic image that concludes the poem "Second Daughter’s Second Day on Earth"? What is symbolized in this imagery?

2. 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?

3. How does the author establish the social and political atmosphere into which she was born in "Second Daughter’s Second Day on Earth"?

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

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

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

7. When and where does the author describe her paternal great-great-grandfather's birth in "It’ll Be Scary Sometimes"?

8. How is the history of slavery described in Jackie's maternal grandparents' ancestry in "The Garden"?

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

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

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