Jazz Test | Final 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 Golden Gray ask Lestory?

2. What does the girl do to Lestory?

3. What do Joe or Violet do after supper near the end of the story?

4. What happens to the plantation thirteen years after Golden Gray meets his father?

5. What is Dorcas feeling as she is dancing with Acton?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the way True Belle's grandchildren are living when she comes to care for them in Chapter Six.

4. In Chapter Nine, why does Felice come to visit Violet and Joe?

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

6. What happens to the cotton plantation thirteen years after Golden Gray confronts his father?

7. How does the narrator describe Acton?

8. Describe Acton's reaction to the shooting of Dorcas in Chapter Eight.

9. In Chapter 10, why does Alice Manfred move back to Springfield? What do you think is the real reason she moves back to Springfield?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Morrison includes the confrontation between Golden Gray and his father? What purpose does the scene serve? Do you think the reader has just as thorough an understanding of the characters without this description of events?

Essay Topic 2

How is racism explored and conveyed in Morrison's work? Why do you think Morrison writes about it in this way?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Joe and Acton. Are they similar in any way, or are they mostly different? What does Dorcas find appealing in each man? How does her relationship with each man change throughout the novel?

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