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 does Frank think of Minnie's hair after Miss Leah fixes it up?

2. What does Miss Leah think of James, the father of her children?

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

4. Why does Miss Leah begin to have children so early?

5. Frank's tone can be assumed as __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Minnie has braids in her hair when she and Frank first meet. Yet, when Miss Leah braids Minnie's hair on their visit, Frank gets angry. Why does Frank hate Minnie's hair this way?

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

5. Why did Miss Leah go west?

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

7. What is Sophie's reaction when Minnie hands over the deed and what does that say about Sophie?

8. What is the mood of the last scene of the play, and how is it shown?

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

10. Why does Frank beat Minnie to a dreadful state in Act 2, Scene 3? What does he get out of it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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