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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 main character in Poem Three identify as her race/heritage?

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

3. In Poem Three, what happened as a result of the main character's favorite musician not playing?

4. What is the title of Poem One?

5. What ties Poems Two, Three, Four, and Five in Sequence One together?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ntozake Shange juxtapose the images in Poems Six and Seven?

2. What do the two songs at the end of Poem One represent?

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

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

5. How is dance used in Poem Three?

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

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

8. Describe Poem Three.

9. Describe the language used in Poem One.

10. How does the playwright bring universality to the script in Poem One?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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