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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. According to the cotton song, how does God feel about picking cotton?
(a) He thinks that it is good work.
(b) He thinks that it is sustained slavery.
(c) He cares not what we do on Earth.
(d) He thinks it is an abomination.

2. Who is observing the forest in "Nullo"?
(a) Rhobert.
(b) Only the speaker.
(c) The townspeople.
(d) Fern.

3. As an a adult, how does Karintha feel about men?
(a) She loves them.
(b) She has contempt for them.
(c) She fears them.
(d) She needs them.

4. What animals were described as searching for water?
(a) Dogs.
(b) Birds.
(c) Rats.
(d) Cats.

5. How are the eyebrows of the old woman described in "Face" shaped?
(a) Steeples.
(b) Canoes.
(c) Frowns.
(d) Rulers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal has been walking in the forest as evidenced by imprints in "Nullo"?

2. Why were the old folks startled by the November cotton flower?

3. What color is the hair of the old woman described in "Face"?

4. What specifically is stated as not happening in the forest in "Nullo"?

5. What do the cotton pickers wear?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the physical effect on the land of the boll weevil infestation?

2. Describe Muriel's physical appearance at the theater.

3. Why might Toomer have chosen to end with the image of light upon Father John and Carrie?

4. Discuss the visual and social contrasts that the author sets up between Black Seventh Street and the rest of white Washington.

5. How does Louisa feel about Tom Burwell and Bob Stone?

6. Why might the author choose to describe the pine forest in "Nullo"?

7. How has Avey been living when the speaker encounters her in New York, and how do we know?

8. Why might Toomer have used the voice of the cotton picker?

9. In the poem "Seventh Street," how has prohibition affected the Black residents of Washington, D.C.?

10. According to the poem "Cotton Song," what must a man do in order to be judged kindly on Judgment Day?

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