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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 does the narrator mean when she says, "dark phrases of womanhood/ of never havin been a girl/ half-notes scattered/ without rhythm" in Poem One?

2. What is the last line of Poem Seven?

3. What do the characters ironically suggest in Poem Six?

4. What topic is mentioned in Poem Two that leads the reader into the next poem?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do the characters end the play on a good note, despite the journey?

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

5. Who is the main character in Poem Eight? What story does the lady in purple share about this character?

6. What does dance represent at the beginning of Sequence Four? What does dance represent at the end of Sequence Four?

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

8. 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?

9. How is dance used in Poem Two?

10. What issue is discussed in the final poem?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf a feminist work? Why or Why not? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Sisterhood is another theme in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. How does the playwright use the play to celebrate the sisterhood that exists between African American women? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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