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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 the main character in Poem Four decide to do as a result of her relationship?

2. Which one of these folk songs does the cast of the play sing in Poem One?

3. In Sequence One, which character says, "sneakin in under age to slug's/ to stare ata real 'artiste'/ & every word outta imamu's mouth waz gospel"?

4. What is the last line of Poem Seven?

5. What ties Poems Six and Seven in Sequence Two together?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the playwright use music in the play?

2. Why does the lady in green call on white women and other men in Poem Seventeen?

3. Who is the main character in Poem Eight? What story does the lady in purple share about this character?

4. What contrasts are made in Poem Fifteen?

5. What does dance represent at the beginning of Sequence Four? What does dance represent at the end of Sequence Four?

6. What did Beau do after Crystal got a court order? What does Beau do on his last attempt to win Crystal back?

7. Why do the women describe themselves as living outside of the cities in Poem One?

8. Describe the language and imagery in Poem Two.

9. What do the two songs at the end of Poem One represent?

10. What happened to the main character's "stuff" in Poem Seventeen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of music and dance in the play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf? How is music and dance used in the play? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the songs and music in the play? Why do you think the author chose these particular songs? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Shange writes about the African American woman's struggle to find her own identity in the United States. Based on the play, how do African American women discover their identity? What journey do they have to take in order to gain their identity? Is their identity already there and they just have to "rediscover" it? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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