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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 does the lady in brown call to at the beginning of Poem One?
2. What game do the characters play at the end of the play?
3. What does the main character in Poem Three identify as her race/heritage?
4. What is Poem Six about?
5. What is the first word spoken in Poem Seven?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What does Poem One represent? What is its significance?
3. What theme(s) are evident in Poem One and what is the meaning of this theme?
4. What does Poem Eighteen allow the characters to do? What do the characters use the poem to describe?
5. How is dance used in Poem Two?
6. How do the women move to the ends of their rainbow?
7. What is ironic about Poem Six?
8. Describe the language used in Poem One.
9. How is dance used in Poem Four?
10. What does the lady in blue talk about in Poem Fifteen?
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
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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