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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. Who is with the main character in Poem Seven as she is relaying what is happening to her?

2. Where is the lady in orange from?

3. When the other character's speak in Poem Two, what do they comment on?

4. In Sequence One, which character says, "forty poems 2 plants &3 handmade notecards i left/ town so i cd send to you have been no help to me/ on my job"?

5. What images are contrasted in Poem Six?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the main character in Poem Ten? What story does the lady in red share about this character?

2. Describe the character in Poem Thirteen.

3. Describe Poem Two.

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

5. How does Ntozake Shange juxtapose the images in Poems Six and Seven?

6. Why do the characters end the play on a good note, despite the journey?

7. How is dance used in Poem Two?

8. Based on the information in Poem One, what is the play about?

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

10. What happens in Poem Twelve? How do the women deal with the situation that arises?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play is about discovering joy, power, and freedom. How do the characters try to discover these things? What journey do they have to take to overcome oppression and repression? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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