Brown Girl Dreaming Test | Mid-Book 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. When was William J. Woodson born?

2. Where was William J. Woodson born?

3. How many children did Grandma Georgiana's mother give birth to?

4. What kind of branch has Jackie's mother stripped to use as a switch in the poem "The Right Way to Speak"?

5. Who are the people that lived across the road from Jackie's grandmother and who she warned them to stay away from in the poem "The Almost Friends"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is the focus of the poem "Football Dreams"? What is related in this narrative?

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

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

7. 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?

8. How does the author describe her siblings in the poems "The Reader" and "Hope" from Part 1?

9. What story is related from Grandma Georgiana's perspective in "Other People’s Memory"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the comparisons in the book of the North and South. Where was Jacqueline Woodson born? Where did she spend her summers growing up? What place in Jackie's life felt the most like "home" to her? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the imagery and symbolism in the final poems of Part 1. Why did Jackie and her family travel at night on the bus from South Carolina to Ohio? How does the author describe the river they follow on their journey? What do you think the river represents symbolically? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Define the following poetry terms and discuss an example of each from Brown Girl Dreaming: assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and repetition. What purpose does each example serve for the reader? How does the poetry of Jacqueline Woodson differ when read aloud?

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