Jazz Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Joe buy Dorcas the first day they meet?

2. Who understands, like Joe, what it feels like to feel nothing inside?

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

4. How is Alice Manfred related to Dorcas?

5. What does Joe see in Dorcas's picture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Violet learn more about Dorcas in Chapter One? What does she learn?

2. Describe the birthing scene of the naked black girl in Chapter Seven.

3. Describe Vera Louise's father's reaction when he is told Vera Louise is pregnant.

4. Describe Violet's "crazy episodes" as they are presented in Chapter One.

5. Describe the relationship between Alice Manfred and Dorcas.

6. Who are the only people who do not know that Vera Louise has a son with a black man?

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

8. Describe the death of Dorcas's mother.

9. In Chapter Five, how does the author describe Harlem in the springtime?

10. How does the narrator describe Acton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Violet and Dorcas. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?

Essay Topic 2

What is significant about Dorcas's clothespin dolls? What role do they play throughout Dorcas's life? Why do you think Morrison chooses this particular symbol?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the significance of Golden Gray in Violet's life. How does it affect her childhood as well as her marriage with Joe?

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