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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 similarities exist between the cities that each character says that they are from?

2. What is the purpose of Poem One?

3. What does the lady in orange do at the end of Poem Four?

4. What does the main character in Poem Four read to the audience?

5. Where is the lady in green from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What issue is discussed in the final poem?

2. What does Poem One represent? What is its significance?

3. How are the poems in Sequence Two linked to each other?

4. Describe the language and imagery in Poem Thirteen.

5. What does the lady in blue talk about in Poem Fifteen?

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

7. What links Poems Six and Seven together?

8. How did the lady in red discover God?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator describes a number of relationships in this play. How does she portray these relationships? Why does she portray them this way? What is significant about these relationships? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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