|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Eddie's mother throw at his face and bruise him in the year after his father died in Chapter 5: “Show Us the Planets”?
2. Near what Louisiana city did Darlene grow up?
3. About how much money do the workers on Delicious Farms earn each day?
4. What did Sirius want to study to become when he was young?
5. Where does Darlene get her first job after her husband dies?
Short Essay Questions
1. What led Darlene and Nat to transfer to a different college?
2. When does Darlene first "meet" Scotty? How is this encounter described?
3. How are the workers' wages at Delicious described in Chapter 9: “An Improvement”?
4. How is Eddie regarded by the police on his first visit in Chapter 6: “Your Own Cord”?
5. Where do Eddie and Tuck meet Jackie and how is this encounter described in Chapter 10: “Drunken Bum Knows”?
6. From what narrative perspective is the Prologue: "Little Muddy" related?
7. How is Eddie's life in Houston described in Chapter 2: “Blackbirds”?
8. How does the narrator describe the evolution of Eddie's relationship with Tuck in Chapter 14: “Lost Years”?
9. How did Darlene meet Nat?
10. What does Darlene see Jackie doing at night in Chapter 11: “Eclipse”?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the elements of symbolism and imagery in Delicious Foods. What do Darlene's yellow shoes represent symbolically? How is Charlie the rat employed as a symbol in the novel? What are other prominent symbols and images?
Essay Topic 2
Describe and analyze the character of Sextus in the novel. How is Sextus's home described? What is his family like? How does Sextus treat his workers?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and analyze the character of Eddie in the novel. How old is Eddie when the story begins? What has happened to Eddie in the prologue? What is the outcome for Eddie in the end of the novel?
This section contains 676 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)