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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 Rawlings's nickname in Cross Creek?

2. In what unlikely place on her property did Rawlings find someone living?

3. Why did the Townsends invite Rawlings over for a party?

4. What did Rawlings use to signal to outsiders when her outhouse was in use?

5. What did Martha's husband do for a living during the time she worked with Rawlings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Rawlings return Georgia to her father?

2. What experience with outhouses did Rawlings have when she was growing up?

3. What type of relationship did Rawlings have with the Mickens family while they were employed by her?

4. After she left Rawlings's home for the first time, what type of working relationship did Geechee have with the farm?

5. How did Rawlings describe the woman playing piano that she met while taking census information with Zelda?

6. What parts of Cross Creek added to its beauty, as Rawlings recollected it in the opening chapter of the memoir?

7. What health problem were the Townsend children suffering from when Mary arrived at their pound party?

8. How did Rawlings help Snow Slater after he was abandoned by his family?

9. How did Rawlings's uncle help her with her outhouse?

10. How did Rawlings acquire the antique bed in her house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the opening of the memoir, Rawlings is quick to point out all her personal flaws to the reader, particularly in regard to her skills at Cross Creek. First, explain how Rawlings came to live on Cross Creek. Was she prepared for this move to the farmland? How did Rawlings's personal history lead her to list all her personal flaws. In the end, do you think these personal flaws helped or hindered Rawlings during the time she lived on Cross Creek?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Rawlings frequently brings up the idea of "racial memory." How does Rawlings define "racial memory"? How was racial memory significant in the particular era in which Rawlings lived in Cross Creek. Give at least two examples of moments from the memoir in which racial memory was significant. How did racial memory affect relationships in both of these scenes?

Essay Topic 3

Although Rawlings often claims to love her servants and to treat them with respect, she often speaks about them, and even to them, in a profoundly racist way. First, describe Rawlings's stance on racism in Cross Creek. What does she blame racism on? Then, describe at least two examples of times when Rawlings regarded her servants in a racist way. What was the reaction from the staff to this treatment? As a reader, what was your reaction to Rawlings's racist statements? Would you consider Rawlings to be a hypocrite?

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