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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. How many characters run onto the stage at the beginning of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf?

2. In Poem Three, how old was the main character when she ran off?

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

4. How does the narrator in Poem Seven tell her story?

5. Who is the artist that sings the song at the start of Poem Six?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Poem Three.

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

3. What does the lady in brown mean in Poem One when she says, "dark phrases of womanhood/ of never havin been a girl/ half-notes scattered/ without rhythm/ no tune"?

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

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

6. How do the poems in Sequence Three differ from the other poems in the play?

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

8. What issue is discussed in the final poem?

9. Describe Poem Four.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Why does the playwright choose to craft the narrative of the play out of poems instead of conversational text? What are the pros and cons of using this technique? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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