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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 does Sandy discover has happened to Nkrumah school in Chapter 16?
2. Who is Jim?
3. What does Birdie tell the children at the beach?
4. In Chapter 13, where do Jim, Sandy, Birdie, and Mona go on a vacation trip?
5. What is the name of Birdie's fictitious father?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Samantha.
2. Why does Birdie imagine she is doing a school report for her old Nkrumah school?
3. How does Ronnie Parkman help Birdie find her father?
4. Describe Birdie's trip to New York in Chapter 13.
5. What mementos does Birdie find stashed in her mother's room?
6. Why does Jim scold Birdie for lying?
7. Why is Birdie taunted by a group of boys in Chapter 12?
8. Describe Birdie's conversation with Samantha at Dennis' party.
9. How does Birdie attempt to find her father and Cole in Chapter 16?
10. How does Nicholas offend Birdie in Chapter 10?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is the value placed on skin color in the novel? How does skin color relate to racial perceptions and attitudes? How does the attitude prevalent towards skin color in the novel affect the education, social acceptance, and emotional well-being of the characters in the novel? How might perceptions about skin color affect Birdie's future children? Cole's future children?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the time period in which Birdie and her mother lived in motels and communes. What motivates Sandy to make the choice to live such a transient lifestyle? How does transient living affect Birdie's education and character development? What motivates Sandy to settle down and how does that decision affect Birdie's character?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast Sandy and Deck's attempts to promote racial equality. How does Deck plan to change perceptions of race? How does Sandy plan to change perceptions of race? How do their actions and attitudes affect their children, their families, and their own characters? What might Deck be trying to prove? What might Sandy be trying to prove?
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