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. What was the name of the little girl in the next bed?

2. In what year did Henry and Nanny get married?

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

4. What city did the Delanys refer to as their hometown?

5. What is the term used when one's parent is free, albeit with black ancestry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Jim Crow Days. When did they occur? What was changed by the laws?

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

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

4. What was the reaction of many slaves when slavery ended? What did the slaves do upon being freed?

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

6. What was so important about Henry Delany's foray into the church?

7. What was different about the Delany family compared to other black families in the South?

8. What two major events were the death knells of Jim Crow?

9. What actions did the Mocks take that was illegal?

10. Discuss the wedding of Henry and Nanny Delany.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the professional careers of all ten children. Begin with the oldest and end with the youngest. How many were involved in the same or similar professions? Did any take after Henry or Nanny in their career choices? Explain.

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

Many people tried to get the sisters to use modern technology. At the time, that meant getting a telephone. Explain why the sisters refused to have a phone. What was their reason? What might happen if there was an emergency? How do you think the sisters would have reacted to today's modern technology? Do you think either would have given in and tried some of the new gadgets on the market today?

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