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 is the name of Linda Jean's mother?

2. What subject does Anne teach Wayne and his friends?

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

4. Why does Essie not want to work in the fields?

5. What kind of animal does Raymond buy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Essie refuse to eat Miss Ola's food?

3. What does Essie Mae think of the Centreville Bapist Church?

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

5. Describe the working conditions at the chicken factory.

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

7. How does Essie get her name changed in Chapter 9?

8. Describe the house Raymond builds in Chapter 4.

9. How does Mrs. Burke react to Anne's comments on school integration?

10. Why does Raymond have to stop farming in Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the demonstrations Moody describes in the book and examine how impact this event had on the Civil Rights Movements as a whole. What was the public's initial reaction to the demonstration? What media attention did it receive?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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