Flyin' West Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 happens when Sophie and Fannie walk in on Minnie and Frank?

2. According to Sophie, a homesteader needs _________ to survive.

3. How does Minnie explain her injury?

4. What is Minnie doing when Act I, Scene IV ends?

5. What news does Sophie get from Miss Lewiston?

Short Essay Questions

1. Frank is a mulatto, half black and half white. What does this status offer Frank in privileges and consequences?

2. Sophie and Fannie give Minnie a deed to a third of the property for her 21st birthday. How do Minnie and Frank react to the gift?

3. What is the mood of the last scene of the play, and how is it shown?

4. Miss Leah describes city people as hiding behind something. How does this symbolize Frank?

5. Frank arrives home drunk and, due to his gambling, with less money. Describe Frank's vices and how it comes out on his wife.

6. What is Minnie's attitude in regard to London and Nicodemus? How does she feel about each place and why?

7. Frank shows some tenderness toward Minnie, but he is also easily angered. Overall, what does Frank think of Minnie?

8. How does Minnie's explanation for her bruised face imply it is due to Frank?

9. When Minnie greets her sisters, she mentions that Frank is talking to a man from the train, "a white man" she adds. Why does Minnie add this remark of a white man?

10. On previous occasions, Frank shows a little bit of guilt when he is aggressive with Minnie. What causes Frank to beat Minnie so badly and still be able to haughtily talk to Sophie as if he never hurt her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several love stories mentioned and observed in "Flying West." Explain how the adage "love is blind" rings true in some of the characters.

Essay Topic 2

Miss Leah remarks that everything they do is all for the children. How and why are children so important to Miss Leah?

Essay Topic 3

Fannie, Sophie, Miss Leah, and Wil are hard-working folks who wants nothing more than an honest living that allows them to reap the benefits for which they work. Circumstances lead them to plot and execute murder. Write about how these good people end up committing such a crime and whether or not it is justifiable.

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