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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Joe begin to feel distanced from Violet?
(a) He senses that she longs for a child.
(b) She is having an extramarital affair.
(c) She begins to drink excessively.
(d) She tells him she wants to get a divorce.

2. What does Violet see in Dorcas's picture?
(a) A sweet, beautiful woman.
(b) An angry, disturbed teenager.
(c) A stubborn girl needing a haircut.
(d) A friendly, mature girl.

3. What does Alice Manfred do for a living?
(a) Cleans wealthy people's homes.
(b) She is a nurse for a black doctor.
(c) Cooks in a nearby restaurant.
(d) She is a seamstress.

4. What does Violet try to do to Dorcas's face?
(a) Apply more makeup.
(b) Disfigure it with a knife.
(c) Make it look older.
(d) Make it look younger.

5. Who moves to Chicago?
(a) Violet.
(b) Rose Dear.
(c) Sweetness, Malvonne's nephew.
(d) True Belle.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the beginning of the book, why does Joe say he shoots Dorcas?

2. What is the 1917 parade protesting?

3. What happens to Violet's mother after her father leaves the family?

4. Where does Violet put the picture of Dorcas?

5. What does Malvonne do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sorts of things to Joe and Violet do together once their relationship is renewed?

2. How does the narrator describe Acton?

3. Describe the initial meeting between Golden Gray and his father in Chapter Seven.

4. In what ways does Alice try to protect Dorcas?

5. In Chapter Eight, why does the narrator say Dorcas is getting tired of Joe?

6. In Chapter 10, why do Joe and Violet often go to the roof? What do they do up there together?

7. In Chapter Seven, what does Henry Lestory find when he gets back to his cabin?

8. How does the narrator describe the scene in which Violet attacks Dorcas's body?

9. Describe the series of thoughts in Joe's mind the night he shoots Dorcas in Chapter Five.

10. In Chapter Four, why does True Belle come to Virginia to care for her grandchildren?

(see the answer keys)

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