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. What would the man do to prompt the child to eat?

3. How old was Nanny at this point?

4. What happened to the cottage in the end?

5. Despite the little boy's physical problems it was obvious that he possessed ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Sadie relays the story of one of her first experiences in New York regarding strangers. What was the experience? What did Sadie learn?

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

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

4. Who was Little Hubie? Why was he special? What happened to the child?

5. Discuss the main issue in "Outliving the Rebby Boys."

6. Discuss Julia's move to New York. How did Julia's presence affect Bessie's attempt to get work?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The Delanys were a family of professional people, which was almost unheard of in their early careers. The women often faced additional challenges because of their gender as well as their race. How do you think the atmosphere of the professional world has changed since Sadie and Bessie's time? Have the values of professional women changed since the Delany sisters' heyday? Why do you think the sisters were so adamant about pursuing careers instead of marriage? Do you think the Delany sisters were unusual or before their time?

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