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. Frank is __________ about being called a colored poet.

3. What image in the mirror occupies Minnie as she prepares to get ready for dinner?

4. What does the reader discover about Sophie's past?

5. What is the relationship between Sophie and Miss Leah?

Short Essay Questions

1. Minnie reveals her bruise when she takes off her hat. What are her sister's reaction to it and her story about how it happened?

2. Sophie could not care less about Memphis, but is absolutely passionate about Kansas. Why is Sophie so passionate about Nicodemus, Kansas?

3. What does Minnie miss about Kansas and why?

4. Frank is now stuck in Kansas with no money. How does this reality hit Frank, and what does this do to all the denials he has been suppressing?

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

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

7. What vision does Sophie have for Nicodemus?

8. What is Minnie's reaction when she first sees Frank dead?

9. Compare and contrast London, Memphis, and Nicodemus.

10. Why is it important that Fannie be the one to serve Frank the apple pie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Independence for blacks from white is not the only issue in "Flying West." There is also the topic of a woman's ability to survive and care for herself. Write about how these women show independence from male dominance and how whether this is common or unusual for their times.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Wil speaks of the significance of memories, good and bad. How are memories important in what makes up a person?

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