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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what section of the library does the main character of Poem Nine find the books Cajun Katie and Christopher Robin?

2. What does the narrator in Poem Sixteen feel she should not be dependent on?

3. Which colorful character from the play represents the main character in the story portrayed through Poem Eight?

4. What is Poem Ten about?

5. What did the narrator of Poem Thirteen feel was redundant?

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

In many of the poems, Shange chronicles the relationships of African American women and men. How does she portray these relationships? What is the significance of these relationships? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The play describes urban African American life. Why do the women in the play not live in the cities, but "outside" of the cities? How does this relate to the theme of freedom? Please use specific examples from the book.

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