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. When does Alice realize Dorcas and Joe are having an affair?

2. Why does Joe want to stay near Dorcas after he shoots her?

3. Who does Dorcas stay with when Alice goes to work?

4. What does the green and yellow parrot repeat?

5. What does Malvonne include in the letter from Hot Steam to Daddy Sage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story the narrator gives behind Joe's last name?

2. Describe how Dorcas's mother dies.

3. In Chapter Four, how does the narrator describe the way Violet feels after she attacks Dorcas's body?

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between Violet and Alice as presented in Chapter Three.

7. How does the narrator describe the way Joe and Violet meet in Chapter Four?

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

9. Describe the relationship between Alice Manfred and Dorcas.

10. In Chapter One, how does the narrator describe Violet Trace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Joe and Violet move from the country to the city? What reasons does Joe give for the move? Do you think these reasons are accurate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

How is Violet described in the initial portion of the novel? Do you think this is a fair description of Violet's character? Why or why not?

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