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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. Which character(s) run off at the end of Poem Six?

2. How did the main character in Poem Three react when she found out that her favorite musician was not going to be playing?

3. What is the first word spoken in Poem Seven?

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

5. What is the only way that the lady in orange says she can communicate at the beginning of Poem Five?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. According to the stage directions, how does Sequence Four end?

5. What metaphors are apparent in Poem Seventeen? What do these metaphors represent?

6. How does the final poem sum up the dramatic and thematic journey of the play?

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

8. What is the purpose of Poem Seven?

9. Describe the language used in Poem One.

10. What is ironic about Poem Six?

Essay Topics

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

Based on the play, why is freedom a major theme? How does the playwright express the theme of freedom through the characters? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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