Lie Down in Darkness 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. Why does Helen get mad at Milton at the birthday party?

2. Who comforts Peyton when her parents fight at the party?

3. What does Helen recollect about Milton in this chapter?

4. Why did Helen think Milton invited the Bonners to their home so often?

5. How had Dolly always felt about Milton's relationship with Peyton?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dolly's feelings about Peyton.

2. How does the narrator address the reader and how is setting established in the novel?

3. How does the experience of the black people contrast with the lives of the supposedly more fortunate Loftis family?

4. How do thoughts of Peyton lead Milton to think about his own father and what does he recall about that relationship?

5. What does Milton tell Dolly about Peyton's distressful adjustment to New York City?

6. What did Peyton and Buster do to Maudie that ends in Helen's slapping Peyton in front of people?

7. How does Helen use Maudie's physical afflictions as a tool?

8. How can Dolly best be characterized?

9. What is the role of the country club for the Loftis family's dysfunctions?

10. What are some of the things Milton remembers as he waits for the train bearing Peyton's body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Milton. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of love. Identify at least two themes about love in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the ongoing conflict between Helen and Peyton. What is the source of the conflict? Why does it perpetuate? Is it really possible for a mother and daughter to hate each other to the degree that Helen and Peyton seem to hate? Explain.

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