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. What is the connection between the old man and Cèlianne?

2. Who is Agwé?

3. Why does the male narrator have to throw out his notebook?

4. What does the first narrator wish he had with him?

5. What do the Protestants see themselves as?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Madan Roger's behavior differ from that of the female narrator's family?

2. What does the female narrator's family do to protect themselves against the soldiers? Why is this important?

3. What does the male narrator say about religion? What are his beliefs, if any?

4. Describe the background between Manman and the narrator's father. How does this mirror his expectations for his daughter?

5. What concern does the female narrator's father express for the male narrator? How is this significant?

6. What do they name Celianne's child? What does the male narrator say about naming a child? What does this contrast tell us?

7. Describe the male narrator's reaction to Celianne going into labor. What does this reveal about the narrator?

8. What happened to Celianne? Why is she leaving Haiti?

9. Describe the conditions on the boat.

10. What obstacle must the female narrator's family overcome before they can leave the city? How do they fix this? How does this blur the lines of good/evil and friends/enemies in the narrative?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about all the gruesome descriptions the female narrator offers. What tone does she take when describing? What does this tell us about the narrator? About Haitians?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the relationship between the second narrator and her father. What helps the narrator come to terms with her father's decision? Who influences the narrator's change of heart? Does this mean she is able to forsake her love for the first narrator?

Essay Topic 3

Think about the female narrator's relationship with her mother. What parallels do we see in both their lives? How does her mother try and repair the relationship between the narrator and her father? Is she successful?

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