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 Frank adamant about in regard to home?

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

3. What does Wil bring when he arrives to dinner?

4. What does Frank give Fannie as a gift?

5. Sophie will accept Frank as long as __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What commonality do Sophie and Frank share, but react differently to?

3. What is Frank's attitude in regard to Nicodemus? Why?

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

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

6. Frank learns from his poker friends that the sisters are sitting on land that is worth a lot of money. How does this knowledge foreshadow events?

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

8. Describe Sophie, Fannie, and Minnie's ritual after their dinner.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Miss Leah convinces the household to murder Frank with an apple pie rather than shoot him outright. Explain how this is preferable and why it might not work today.

Essay Topic 2

Research Kansas as it was in the 1890s and write about what daily life is like for an African American there. How well do the characters in the play portray the average black person in Kansas of those times?

Essay Topic 3

Research and discuss plantation life as seen in the eyes of a slave. Compare this to what Miss Leah's early life was like.

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