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. Three children died after Nanny's death. In which order did the children die?

2. How old was Nanny at this point?

3. What was the cause of Lucius' death?

4. Which of the children died due to a hospital's negligence?

5. Which of the following groups was not represented in the projects?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sadie was tricky when it came to getting a job at a high school. What was Sadie's trick? Why was it necessary?

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

3. How did the Delanys react to the major changes that were going on around them in Harlem?

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

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

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

7. The sisters talk about the deaths in the family. Who died first? Could any of the deaths have been prevented? Explain.

8. Explain Bessie's first practice. Who shared the office suite with Bessie?

9. Examine the incident with the cottage, Bessie, and the judge.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Delany family attended school at St. Augustine's, as did their parents. Discuss in detail St. Augustine's school. Why did Henry and Nanny attend St. Augustine's? What were their majors? What made the Delanys decide to stay there? What kind of education did the children receive at the school? What jobs did Henry and Nanny have? Was St. Augustine's school a religious, private or public school? Where did the children go after leaving St. Augustine's school?

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

The author says: "Both more than one hundred years old, Sarah ("Sadie") Delany and her sister Annie Elizabeth ("Bessie") Delany are among the oldest living witnesses to American history." (Part 1, page 3) What do you think it would be like to be in that position? Would you want to be one of the oldest living witnesses? What types of things did the sister see first hand that you would consider to be ancient history? Would you record your experiences? Explain.

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