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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. It was believed that Nanny was beginning to suffer from which of the following?
2. Which of the following entertainers is not mentioned in this part of the story?
3. What was the name of the woman's young daughter?
4. What was the name of Bessie's boyfriend at the time?
5. Nanny had often referred to Sadie as her _____.
Short Essay Questions
1. What was the general impression of Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s? What was the other side of the situation?
2. 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?
3. Examine the incident with the cottage, Bessie, and the judge.
4. The sisters talk about the deaths in the family. Who died first? Could any of the deaths have been prevented? Explain.
5. Discuss the Delanys' involvement with the up and coming jazz scene in Harlem.
6. Sadie relays the story of one of her first experiences in New York regarding strangers. What was the experience? What did Sadie learn?
7. Discuss how Sadie's knowledge of vitamins and minerals benefited the family over the years.
8. Sadie was tricky when it came to getting a job at a high school. What was Sadie's trick? Why was it necessary?
9. How did Nanny's death change Sadie's role in the family? What was the family's reaction to the change?
10. What does Bessie say about the extra effort that must be put forth by Negroes?
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
Sadie talks about racism in the black community. Even though the sisters are from the same family, there was a difference in the way they were treated due to the shade of their skin tone. Do you think that the shade of one's skin matters as much today, or are all blacks treated equally? Do you think other races have the same opinions and/or experiences? How did the sisters handle the difference in treatment? How were the other children treated? Why do you think some were lighter than others?
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