Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters Test | Final Test - Hard

Wally Lamb
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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 was Robin unable to afford while in prison?

2. Which of the following did the mass attendees NOT do during the service?

3. Which of the following was NOT included in celebrations in Bonnie's family?

4. What is Brenda's ethnic background?

5. Who was the overworked mother of two teenage girls in Michelle's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who were Barbara Parsons Lane's first visitors while in prison, and what did she consider to be the worst part of her incarceration?

2. What was Diane's instinct when viewing her father's dead body?

3. What did Mo'Shay's mother decide about raising Mo'Shay's baby and how does Mo'Shay get the love she has needed for so long from her mother?

4. What elements of her Rastararian faith did Bonnie try to adhere to at the time that she arrived at prison?

5. To what did Barbara compare puzzle pieces in her life?

6. How did Diane Bartholomew describe her very difficult childhood?

7. How did Diane's father betray her trust with violence while on a trip to Chattanooga?

8. Who was Shirley Shambly in Michelle Jessamy's story and why did Shirley's daughter, Mo'Shay resent her mother?

9. How did Robin Cullen begin her story, "Christmas in Prison" with a religious focus regarding the pope?

10. What did Diane's father make her do when he took her hunting for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The authors use more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters in the stories who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the impact of intolerance or injustice that some of the women of color experienced. What did it mean to be poor and not white in 20th century America? What stigmas did these women of color live with for their entire lives? Was there anything that could have leveled the racial discrimination playing field? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The women in the book were no strangers to hurt and pain. From what you know of the women's lives through this book, what were some of the biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did they manage through them? How did their coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of their lives? Explain.

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