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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. Which character relays the main narrative in Poem Two?

3. Where is the lady in purple from?

4. What event is Poem Two about?

5. In Sequence One, which character says, "we rambled from camden to mount holly/ laughin our tassles from the rear view mirror/ climbin different sorta project stairs"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the theme of Poem Three? How is this a theme of the poem?

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

4. How do the women move to the ends of their rainbow?

5. Describe the language and imagery in Poem Two.

6. Why do the women describe themselves as living outside of the cities in Poem One?

7. Who is the main character in Poem Ten? What story does the lady in red share about this character?

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

9. What did Beau do after Crystal got a court order? What does Beau do on his last attempt to win Crystal back?

10. How does the lady in yellow begin Poem Sixteen? What feelings does she convey in the poem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Poem nineteen, "A Nite with Beau Wille Brown," is a longer narrative than many of the other poems in the play. Why do you think Shange chose to make this poem a longer narrative than the others in the play? How else does this poem differ from the others in the play? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Although 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 3

At the end of the play, the lady in brown's final words are, "This is for colored girls who have considered suicide/but are movin to the ends of their own rainbow." What does this statement mean? What do colored girls have to do in order to move "to the ends of their own rainbow"? What is required of them? Please use specific examples from the book.

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