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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 do the characters ironically suggest in Poem Six?

2. Who does the character in Poem Seven say she could not have see her in her current situation?

3. What event is Poem Two about?

4. How many characters run off stage after the lights change at the end of Poem Five?

5. What song plays at the start of Poem Six?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of Poem Six?

3. Describe the language and imagery in Poem Thirteen.

4. What theme(s) are evident in Poem One and what is the meaning of this theme?

5. What links Poems Six and Seven together?

6. Describe the poetic imagery in Poem Seven.

7. What contrasts and juxtapositions are apparent at the beginning of Poem Eleven?

8. What does Poem Eighteen allow the characters to do? What do the characters use the poem to describe?

9. How is dance used in Poem Three?

10. How does the language change at the end of Poem Nineteen? At what point at the end of the play does the language change?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Although the majority of the characters in the playare African American, the narrator does choose to include a character of African and Latin American roots in poem three. Why do you think the author included this character? How does she change the dynamics of the play? What is significant about this character? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Sisterhood is another theme in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. How does the playwright use the play to celebrate the sisterhood that exists between African American women? 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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