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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. In Poem One, which character(s) say(s), "an put your hands on your hips/ an let your backbone slip"?
2. What is the first word spoken in Poem Seven?
3. What topic is mentioned in Poem Two that leads the reader into the next poem?
4. What does the narrator mean when she says, "dark phrases of womanhood/ of never havin been a girl/ half-notes scattered/ without rhythm" in Poem One?
5. Which character(s) run off at the end of Poem Six?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the language change at the end of Poem Nineteen? At what point at the end of the play does the language change?
2. What does the lady in blue talk about in Poem Fifteen?
3. How is dance used in Poem Four?
4. Who is the main character in Poem Eight? What story does the lady in purple share about this character?
5. How does the lady in yellow begin Poem Sixteen? What feelings does she convey in the poem?
6. Where does the lady in blue move to in Poem Eleven? How does she view her new neighborhood? Why does she view it this way?
7. What is the purpose of Poem Seven?
8. What does the final dance represent?
9. Who is the main character in Poem Ten? What story does the lady in red share about this character?
10. What issue is discussed in the final poem?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The narrator describes a number of relationships in this play. How does she portray these relationships? Why does she portray them this way? What is significant about these relationships? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
The play describes urban African American life. Why do the women in the play not live in the cities, but "outside" of the cities? How does this relate to the theme of freedom? Please use specific examples from the book.
Essay Topic 3
Based on the play, which colored girls have considered suicide? Why have they considered suicide? What do these women have in common? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.
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