Children of the Sea 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. Who is the first narrator referring to in this sentence? "She is short and speaks in a singsong that reminds me of the villages of the north."

2. Why is the young man on the boat fleeing for a second time?

3. What specifically does the male narrator say about soldiers?

4. Fill in the blanks: "Someone says, Krik? You answer _______."

5. Which of these statements is true?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the male narrator remember about Miami?

2. What happens at the airport? How does this tie to what the female narrator says about hope?

3. How does the female narrator bathe in ville rose?

4. How does the soldiers' visit to Madan Roger's house lead to her death?

5. Describe Ville Rose. Why is it special for the female narrator?

6. Why does Celianne jump overboard?

7. Describe Celianne.

8. Think about the male narrator's references to skin color. How does this reflect the social prejudices prevalent in the story?

9. What results is the female narrator waiting to hear on the radio? Why is this important?

10. Why does the female narrator's father stay at his brother's house? What character embodies this fear?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"I go to them now as though it was always meant to be, as though the very day that my mother birthed me, she had chosen me to live life eternal, among the children of the deep blue sea, those who have escaped the chains of slavery to form a world beneath the heavens and the blood-drenched earth where you live."

Consider the quote above. Explain its significance in the story. Pay special attention to syntax, tone, diction, imagery and meaning.

Essay Topic 2

Think about the symbolism of butterflies in the story. How does the image of butterflies evolve? What does this tell us about the events in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Think about the two narrators' surroundings. What do their descriptions of the sea and the mountains foreshadow in the story? What does this tell us about their relationship?

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