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. Why does Miss Leah stay with Sophie and Fannie rather than in her own home?

2. What troubles Frank about his racial history?

3. Why are Fannie, Sophie, and Minnie staying up so late at night?

4. Out of all the sisters, what does Miss Leah count on Minnie doing?

5. Where did Sophie and Fannie come from before arriving in Nicodemus, Kansas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sense of feeling does the reader get when Miss Leah and Minnie talk as Miss Leah braids Minnie's hair?

2. Why does Minnie hand the deed over to Sophie when she retrieves it?

3. Frank consistently hits Minnie but what boundary does he overstep when Minnie tells him she will not sell her land?

4. What does Fannie reveal to Minnie in Act 2, Scene 1 about her knowledge of physical abuse?

5. What vision does Sophie have for Nicodemus?

6. The opening scene of Act I Scene IV has Miss Leah, Sophie, and Fannie awake, while Minnie and Frank are the last to get up. How does this indicate how each of them leads their lives?

7. Why does Minnie make excuses for Frank's aggressive behavior?

8. Miss Leah is not usually one to stand silent, but when it comes to domestic abuse she says very little. Why doesn't Miss Leah say anything to Minnie even though she knows Frank is likely to hit again?

9. What changes are seen in Sophie from the beginning of the play to the end?

10. Act I, Scene V ends with Minnie's news about her pregnancy. How does this complicate her life even further?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do Sophie, Fannie, and Minnie's move out west symbolize change in black history as much as it is change in physical location?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write about what Minnie's life as the youngest sister is like. How does where Minnie's life is heading compare to where black independence is heading?

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