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. What is the name of Jacqueline Woodson's father?

2. How is Dorothy related to Mary Anne?

3. Where did Mary Anne's family live in South Carolina?

4. Where is Dorothy's seamstress that makes her dresses and gloves described in "The Training"?

5. Where was Jacqueline Woodson born?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the poet's parents described in "Second Daughter’s Second Day on Earth"?

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

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

4. Who are the people described in "The Almost Friends"?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir in verse. Define these terms (memoir and verse), and discuss how they apply to the narrative. Is the book fictional or nonfictional? Why do you think the author chose to relate her story through verse? How does this choice affect the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss South Carolina’s history of Slavery and the “trainings” and oppressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. What do “trainings” refer to? How did the trainings originate? How accurate is Gunnar’s explanation of the social unrest in South Carolina and the emerging Civil Rights Movement?

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