Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Test | Final 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 funeral parlor where Nanny was laid to rest?

2. What was the husband's occupation?

3. What kind of garden did the family plant?

4. Bessie objects to which of the following due to her age?

5. It was common for Bessie to shoo which group away from their street?

Short Essay Questions

1. As one might expect, Bessie got the last word in the book. What was Bessie's final insight?

2. What drastic action did the sisters take to care for Nanny?

3. What prompted the family to move to New York? Who moved to the city first? Why?

4. Discuss Bessie's early days at Columbia. Which family member was most helpful to Bessie during that time?

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

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

7. Discuss Hubie's role in the political arena in New York.

8. Examine the effect Nanny's death had on Sadie.

9. Discuss at least two of Bessie's major challenges at Columbia.

10. Sadie and Bessie's neighbors in the projects were upset about the actions of the neighborhood kids. How did the sisters react to the issue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Hubert Delany. What was unusual about Hubert's professional career? How did he make a difference as an activist? How did the sisters feel when Hubert became a celebrated government official? What was Hubert's job? What was his role in law making and policy? Where did Hubert serve? What was the relationship between Hubert and his sisters? Which organizations did Hubert support?

Essay Topic 2

Sadie and Bessie wanted to prove that despite their age, they are still competent women with sharp minds. Many people believe that the elderly have outlived their usefulness. Do you share the opinion that the elderly are "used up?" Do you think that the Delanys still had something to offer either professionally or personally? Explain. Also compare the elderly people you know to the Delany sisters. How are they similar?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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