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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 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"?
2. What are the stage directions for all of the characters on stage at the end Poem Six?
3. What is the last line of Poem Seven?
4. What does each character do before anyone starts to speak?
5. At the end of Poem Seven, how does the main character feel?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the imagery and language in Poem Nineteen. Describe the rage in Poem Nineteen.
2. What does Poem One represent? What is its significance?
3. What does dance represent at the beginning of Sequence Four? What does dance represent at the end of Sequence Four?
4. Who is the main character in Poem Eight? What story does the lady in purple share about this character?
5. Describe the poetic imagery in Poem Six.
6. How is dance used in Poem Three?
7. What does the lady in brown mean in Poem One when she says, "dark phrases of womanhood/ of never havin been a girl/ half-notes scattered/ without rhythm/ no tune"?
8. Why does the lady in green call on white women and other men in Poem Seventeen?
9. How do the women move to the ends of their rainbow?
10. What is the purpose of Poem Six?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In many of the poems, Shange chronicles the relationships of African American women and men. How does she portray these relationships? What is the significance of 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
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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