Coming of Age in Mississippi Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anne Moody
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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. Which of the following rooms does the new house not have?

2. What do Anne's school friends call her?

3. What does the family not have enough money to buy?

4. Who sets fire to the house in Chapter 2?

5. What does the crowd sing at the parade?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mama need Raymond?

2. Why does Essie Mae's mother think the house is dangerous in Chapter 2?

3. Why does Essie Mae like the house in Chapter 3 the best?

4. How does Essie Mae's father cause the family problems?

5. In what way is Linda kind to Essie in Chapter 7?

6. Why is Anne disgusted with the work at the chicken factory?

7. How is life starting to get tough for the family?

8. Describe Anne's life when she arrives back in Centreville.

9. Describe Essie Mae's early life.

10. What event opens Anne's eyes to racial injustice in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What major events had a profound affect on Moody's life and how did they change her? What does Moody still have to learn by the end of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the book.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?

2) Examine the way Moody uses other people in the story to express her ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Write a 500-word essay revolving around the following the following statement: Though the Civil Rights Movement was an esssential part of creating a better life for Afro Americans, in the end the non violent measures lost their impact and a more forceful approach was needed.

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