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. Sophie will accept Frank as long as __________.

2. What does Minnie wear upon arrival that indicates her lifestyle away from Kansas?

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

4. How does Minnie explain her injury?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Frank so proud of about his life in London, and why?

3. Who is Wil Parrish and what does his history say about him?

4. Frank's brothers have disowned him since their father's death. How does this explain Frank's defensive insecurities?

5. What does a woman have to consider in addition to her love before she leaves a husband? How does this affect Minnie and the people she knows?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Frank's insecurities and how it comes out throughout the play.

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

Interview or find first-person accounts of someone of mixed race. What struggles does this person have in regard to their background? What particular experiences did the person go through because he/she is of mixed race? Does it depend on where and when the person lives and grows up? Does it depend on the parents' influence and how they approach the subject to their child? Are any of the issues seen today the same as when Sophie and Frank were born? What struggles do Sophie and Frank face that mixed race children do not have to deal with anymore?

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