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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. How does Fern feel about the townspeople gossiping about her?
(a) She is angry.
(b) She is indifferent.
(c) She relishes in it.
(d) She is embarrassed by it.

2. How does Karintha express her anger?
(a) Writing.
(b) Breaking things.
(c) Hurting people's feelings.
(d) Screaming and hitting.

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

4. To what are the woman's muscles in "Face" compared?
(a) The hard ground.
(b) A rippling river.
(c) A stone.
(d) A cluster of grapes.

5. What do all of the men in Karintha's life want to bring her?
(a) Clothes.
(b) Jewelry.
(c) Hope.
(d) Money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the speaker and Fern when they are together in the cornfield?

2. In "Evening Song", to what is Cloine compared?

3. What information does a towns person divulge to the narrator upon first sight of Fern?

4. With whose religious changes does "Conversion" deal?

5. What animal dies in the field under the blades of the mower in "Reapers"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why won't Muriel go with Dan?

2. How does the author describe both the African and Christian God in "Conversion"?

3. Given the content of the poem "Conversion," how might the author feel about the process of conversion?

4. How is Becky treated after it is found that she is pregnant with a black man's child?

5. What is Barlo's reaction to Esther when she is 29 and comes for him?

6. When Esther is nine, she witnesses Barlo making a public speech about what?

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

8. Why might the author use the formatting device of scripting the characters' thoughts in "Theater"?

9. As Karintha becomes a woman, what do young men do for her?

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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