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 is Fannie working on with Miss Leah and others in Nicodemus?

2. Wil is raised by whom?

3. Who is at home waiting to see Minnie?

4. According to Miss Leah, Kansas's winter teaches you what?

5. Where is Sophie when Frank first enters home from town and sees Minnie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sophie's nature and how does this help the Dove sisters?

2. Describe Miss Leah's character. How is she important to the story?

3. When Minnie first wakes up in Act 1, Scene 4, Miss Leah remarks that Minnie is looking more like herself this morning. What does she mean by this?

4. Why did Miss Leah go west?

5. Wil mentions that he does not understand black-on-black crime when they have enough to deal with from white folk. Why would this not apply to Frank?

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

7. Sophie mentions a Joshe and Belle. How does their story influence how Sophie feels about Minnie's domestic situation?

8. Describe Nicodemus and its people. How do they feel about one another? What feelings do one from there?

9. What news does Frank get that causes him to withdraw from everyone?

10. What vision does Sophie have for Nicodemus?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast cultural differences between Nicodemus and Memphis.

Essay Topic 2

Manipulation is seen time and again throughout the play. Find examples and explain how manipulation is used by everyone good and bad.

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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