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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 Poem Six, which character says, "pin-ups attached to the insides of his lapels"?
2. What is the only way that the lady in orange says she can communicate at the beginning of Poem Five?
3. In Poem Three, what happened as a result of the main character's favorite musician not playing?
4. How many characters run onto the stage at the beginning of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf?
5. Where is the lady in green from?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Ntozake Shange juxtapose the images in Poems Six and Seven?
2. What did Beau do after Crystal got a court order? What does Beau do on his last attempt to win Crystal back?
3. How does the final poem sum up the dramatic and thematic journey of the play?
4. What happens in Poem Twelve? How do the women deal with the situation that arises?
5. Describe the poetic imagery in Poem Seven.
6. How is dance used in Poem Three?
7. How did the lady in red discover God?
8. Why does the lady in brown open and close the play?
9. Describe Poem Three.
10. How does the lady in yellow begin Poem Sixteen? What feelings does she convey in the poem?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why does Shange choose not to name the characters? What is the significance of not naming the characters? How would naming the characters change the dynamics of the play? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
As the individual women tell where they are located at the start of the play, they bring universality to the script. How does the playwright use the characters to bring universality to the script and show that women like the ones in the play are everywhere? Please use specific examples from the book.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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