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

Sarah Louise Delany
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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. Sadie says that Bessie has great _____ but does not use it.

2. Bessie ended up staying in the hospital for how many weeks?

3. Bessie threw a fit when she realized that one of Sadie's other rooms was infested with which of the following?

4. The reason for the refusal was that the members of the organization thought Sadie was ____.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Sadie make extra money in the early years? What dampened the success of the business?

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

4. Sadie relays the story of one of her first experiences in New York regarding strangers. What was the experience? What did Sadie learn?

5. What was the general impression of Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s? What was the other side of the situation?

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

7. The book details the history of Nanny Logan Delany's family. What was unusual about the family dynamic?

8. Henry Beard Delany was born a slave on a Georgia plantation. Examine the Delanys' role in the household. When was Henry freed?

9. Discuss Sadie's difficulties during her first year at Pratt.

10. What is written about the assassinations of the famous leaders of the time, particularly those involved in the Civil Rights Movement?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Bessie's dental practice. Although Bessie was a strong business woman, she also paid heed to her Episcopal upbringing. Discuss how Bessie honored her parents and her religion through her work. What kinds of services did Bessie offer to the locals? What did she receive in return? Do you think Bessie made good business decisions?

Essay Topic 2

The Delany children were raised in somewhat of a sheltered way. Discuss the childhoods of the children. How were they affected by being so sheltered? What kind of influence did Henry and Nanny have on the way the children viewed the world? How might the children be different if raised in Raleigh proper, or in some unprotected area? What do you think Henry and Nanny might have done to protect their children in a different environment? Explain.

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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