Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sarah Louise Delany
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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. Which of the following was not mentioned as one of the other diseases to strike St. Aug's school?

2. Mr. Delany often told Bessie that she could catch more flies with ____ than with vinegar.

3. How old was Bessie when she left home by herself for the first time?

4. Approximately how old was Mr. Delany when he was offered the chance to go to college?

5. What was the writer's first name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of school is St. Augustine's? When was it established? Where is it located?

2. Discuss the births of the ten children, including their full names and birth years.

3. Where did Henry and Nanny meet? What was unusual about their wedding?

4. Who was the Mock family? How were they important to the Delanys?

5. Sadie talks about the drawbacks of being old. Discuss at least two references Sadie makes to her advanced age.

6. What about the Delany sisters surprises most people? What is the general opinion of the Delany sisters' neighbors?

7. What is the reputation Bessie created for herself? What does Bessie think will happen to her when she dies?

8. What gift of Bessie's was not readily acknowledged? Why was it kept under wraps?

9. How old was Henry Delany when he was freed? How was Henry affected?

10. The living arrangements for the sisters were somewhat unusual considering their respective ages. What was the arrangement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a complete character description of Bessie. What were Bessie's most significant traits? How was Bessie different than her siblings? How did Bessie fight against racism and gender bias? What was Bessie's profession? Was Bessie's office successful? What is the most memorable thing about Bessie in your eyes?

Essay Topic 2

Bessie refers to the Jim Crow laws as being "an ugly, complicated business." (Part 4, chapter 11, page 69) Discuss Jim Crow. Who was Jim Crow? Was he a real person? What were the Jim Crow laws? When and why were they put into effect? Were the laws state or federal laws? Where were the laws observed? Where were they broken? Why did Bessie think that they were ugly and complicated? Are the Jim Crow laws still in effect? If so, where? How would the laws apply today?

Essay Topic 3

The author says: "Both more than one hundred years old, Sarah ("Sadie") Delany and her sister Annie Elizabeth ("Bessie") Delany are among the oldest living witnesses to American history." (Part 1, page 3) What do you think it would be like to be in that position? Would you want to be one of the oldest living witnesses? What types of things did the sister see first hand that you would consider to be ancient history? Would you record your experiences? Explain.

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