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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of work does Sarny say she is not yet old enough to do on the plantation in Chapter 1?
(a) Helping with the young ones.
(b) Field work.
(c) Yard work.
(d) Gathering eggs.

2. By current estimates, approximately how many Africans were shipped across the Atlantic during the slave trade?
(a) 7 million.
(b) 12 million.
(c) 5 million.
(d) 20 million.

3. What does Sarny remark about her birth in Chapter 1?
(a) She was born blind.
(b) She was born premature.
(c) She was born deaf.
(d) She came out backwards.

4. What kind of flowers is Sarny working on in the flower bed in the beginning of Chapter 2?
(a) Daffodils.
(b) Roses.
(c) Pansies.
(d) Crocuses.

5. Why does mammy say Sarny's birth mother was sold in Chapter 1?
(a) She was a good midwife.
(b) She was a good breeder.
(c) She was a good cotton-picker.
(d) She was a good house maid.

6. What sound does Sarny compare John's laughter to in Chapter 3?
(a) A crow's call.
(b) A lion's roar.
(c) A witch's cackle.
(d) Distant thunder.

7. How would you describe Sarny's perception of life outside of the plantation in Chapter 2?
(a) Sarny has no knowledge of life outside of the plantation.
(b) Sarny's experiences outside the plantation have led her to desire freedom.
(c) Sarny views life outside the plantation as harsher than life within the plantation.
(d) Sarny experienced a brutal life outside the plantation when she was bought by Mr. Waller.

8. What does Sarny say that the slaves call the master and mistress when they are in the slave quarters and out of hearing in Chapter 2?
(a) Dog droppings or horse crap.
(b) Witches and warlocks.
(c) The kind and queen of the castle.
(d) The perpetrator of evil.

9. How much money does Mrs. Waller say that her husband just spent on a new hand in Chapter 2?
(a) About $500.
(b) Under $100.
(c) About $10,000.
(d) Over $1,000.

10. Sarny says of Mammy in Chapter 2, "She swore they could hear like cats up to the big house..." What literary device is used in this example?
(a) Alliteration.
(b) Simile.
(c) Allusion.
(d) Onomatopoeia.

11. What did Sarny do with the coin that she found after showing it to Mammy?
(a) She gave it to John.
(b) She gave it to Mr. Waller.
(c) She hid it in the dirt.
(d) She swallowed it.

12. What does Sarny say her last name is in Chapter 1?
(a) Smith.
(b) Waller.
(c) Thomas.
(d) Freeman.

13. What has caused some of the leaves to fall off of the flowers that Sarny is tending in the flower garden in Chapter 2?
(a) Over-watering.
(b) Chemical pesticides.
(c) Under-watering.
(d) Little green bugs.

14. What does John tell Sarny she will have to learn before she can learn to read in Chapter 3?
(a) The alphabet.
(b) How to be quiet.
(c) The rules of grammar.
(d) How to count.

15. What historical figure "owned, raised, and subsequently used" the slave that the novel is dedicated to by the author?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) Theodore Roosevelt.
(d) Robert E. Lee.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, Sarny says that some believed she brought Nightjohn to the plantation by what manner?

2. What is foreshadowed by Sarny's story about finding the coin in the dirt in Chapter 2?

3. In what century was the Atlantic slave established?

4. What substance does Sarny equate the color of her skin with in Chapter 3?

5. Where does Sarny say she was when she first heard about Nightjohn in Chapter 1?

(see the answer keys)

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