Caucasia 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 a WASP?

2. Which horse does Birdie ride in Chapter 8?

3. Who gives Sandy money for her trip?

4. What does Walter Marsh accuse the gardener of doing in Chapter 8?

5. Why does the school clerk want to assign Birdie and Cole to different public schools?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sandy request that the entire family move to Canada?

2. Describe Birdie and Cole's relationship.

3. Why does Cole give Birdie Golliwog?

4. Describe Deck Lee.

5. Why does Sandy tell Deck he is like Grandma Lodge in blackface?

6. Why does a white couple call the police on Deck when he and Birdie are alone together in the park?

7. Where do Sandy and Birdie live in the four years following Sandy's flight from the FBI?

8. Why do Birdie and Cole have difficulty fitting into school society at Nkrumah?

9. Describe Sandy Lee.

10. Describe Sandy's efforts to find a school for her daughters.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Caucasia is filled with ironies relating to race and cultural acceptance. List examples of irony found in the novel and note how these situations affect the characters. How is irony linked to the subjects of racism, acceptance, and relationships in the novel? How do these ironic situations affect the characters in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of WASPs in the novel? How does Sandy identify a WASP? What ironies are evident in her description? How does Sandy's perceptions of WASPs affect both her and Birdie's characters?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Sandy convinces Birdie that the FBI and other characters are the antagonists in the novel. Describe how Sandy's role changes throughout the novel. What events or characters affect that change? What does this change foreshadow for Birdie's future?

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