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. What does Essie love hearing at Centreville Church?

2. Who does Anne work for in this chapter?

3. Who beats up Jerry?

4. Where does Anne find work in this chapter?

5. What is the name of Raymond's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Samuel O'Quinn murdered?

3. How have Anne's ideas changed by the end of the book?

4. What happens to Anne in Baton Rogue?

5. How are things starting to turn bad in Canton in Chapter 26?

6. Describe the march in Chapter 29.

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

8. Describe Mr and Mrs Chinn.

9. What rumors spread about who started the fire in Chapter 11?

10. How has Mr. and Mrs. Chinn's situation changed in the final chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine black femininity.

1) In what way could female Afro Americans be seen as among the oppressed people in America in the first part of the twentieth century?

2) How does Anne use her mother's character to highlight the oppression?

3) What difference did Anne Moody make to Afro American women's lives?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss with the students first person point of view. Why do the students think first person point of view is not necessarily reliable? What moments in the book do the students think are not so reliable and why? With the students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the first person.

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