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. 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

Bessie jokes that the reason she and Sadie have lived so long was due to the fact that neither ever got married. Do you think there is any truth to that statement? Did Bessie mean what she said or was she joking? Why do you think neither sister ever married? How was that choice viewed by the rest of the family? Did either have a boyfriend? How might things have changed if one or both of the sisters had married? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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