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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. Where did Sophie and Fannie come from before arriving in Nicodemus, Kansas?

2. Why are Minnie and Frank visiting the U.S.?

3. When Frank walks aggressively toward Minnie what is Sophie's reaction?

4. What is Sophie celebrating when Miss Leah enters her home?

5. What do white folks call Nicodemus?

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. Frank consistently hits Minnie but what boundary does he overstep when Minnie tells him she will not sell her land?

3. What vision does Sophie have for Nicodemus?

4. 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?

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

6. On previous occasions, Frank shows a little bit of guilt when he is aggressive with Minnie. What causes Frank to beat Minnie so badly and still be able to haughtily talk to Sophie as if he never hurt her?

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

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

9. Describe Fannie and Sophie's introduction to Frank.

10. Why does Minnie hand the deed over to Sophie when she retrieves it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The women of Nicodemus succeed in finding the peace they are looking for. Between Sophie, Miss Leah and Fannie, each woman portrays very different types of characters. Explain how it takes more than just one of the women but all three of their persona's to work with one another to find this peace. What do each of them offer that supports the others to pursue a peaceful Nicodemus?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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