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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. Who is the last character to speak in Poem One?

2. What does the main character in Poem Four make a list of?

3. What is the purpose of Poem One?

4. How does the main character in Poem Four refer to her relationship with her former boyfriend?

5. When the other character's speak in Poem Two, what do they comment on?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the language and imagery in Poem Four.

2. Describe the poetic imagery in Poem Seven.

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

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

5. Why does the lady in green call on white women and other men in Poem Seventeen?

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

7. How does the language change at the end of Poem Nineteen? At what point at the end of the play does the language change?

8. Describe the language and imagery in Poem Thirteen.

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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