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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 is the title of Poem One?
2. What does the main character in Poem Four read to the audience?
3. What topic is mentioned in Poem Two that leads the reader into the next poem?
4. In Poem One, which character says, "and this is for colored girls who have considered suicide/but moved to the end of their own rainbows"?
5. What ties Poems Six and Seven in Sequence Two together?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the character in Poem Thirteen.
2. Describe Poem Two.
3. Why does the lady in green call on white women and other men in Poem Seventeen?
4. What is the theme of Poem Three? How is this a theme of the poem?
5. What do the final lines of the play represent?
6. Where does the lady in blue move to in Poem Eleven? How does she view her new neighborhood? Why does she view it this way?
7. What theme(s) are evident in Poem One and what is the meaning of this theme?
8. Describe the language used in Poem One.
9. How did the lady in red discover God?
10. What issue is discussed in the final poem?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1Although 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 2How does the playwright use colloquial language in the play? Why is it necessary for her to use colloquial language in this type of work? Please use specific examples from the book.
Essay Topic 3Shange 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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