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 woman's young daughter?

2. Sadie touts the importance of all but which of the following:?

3. Who was the first child to die?

4. What was the name of the famous club in Harlem that catered to whites?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. The sisters talk about their situation during World War II. Discuss at least one issue the sisters had at that time.

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

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

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

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

8. Discuss the effect of the Depression on Harlem. Also discuss the end of the Harlem Renaissance.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bessie and Sadie lived in the house in Mount Vernon for more than 75 years. Discuss in detail how the sisters purchased the house, where it was located, and the demographic of their neighborhood. Who helped to take care of the house? How much did it cost? What features were there to the house that pleased the sisters? What do you think might have happened to the house after the sisters died?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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