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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. In her youth, what did Zora's parents try not to do to her?

2. Zora's mother showed no interest in Hurston _____.

3. Zora's mother was from a ______ family.

4. If someone took a small case to trial in Eatonville, what would happen?

5. Why was the stepmother jealous of Sarah?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Zora have a good relationship with white people?

2. What was the result of Zora's mother's plan in marrying John Hurston?

3. What was the unique racial make-up of Eatonville?

4. In terms of academics, why was Zora' work experience valuable but unfulfilling?

5. How did spite influence Zora's family? How strong was this spite?

6. How does Zora perceive the fight between her mother and grandmother? What does she think should have been done?

7. How were the people of Eatonville able to know if a man was cheating on his wife?

8. How did Zora stand out with the others at Gilbert and Sullivan? Why did this aid her?

9. What was the internal drama at Gilbert and Sullivan? Why did members of the troupe feel betrayed?

10. What was the cultural significance of "Joe Clark's Porch"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of P.M.P and how this relationship (and break up) embodied the essence of Zora.

Essay Topic 2

Zora is a very independent person. However, she has received assistance through her life. Discuss Zora in relationship to patronage.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Eatonville, Florida, in what it embodies and instills in Zora's life in terms of race, society, and art. How did it affect her?

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