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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Sarny enjoy doing every evening after the slaves eat?
(a) Singing songs that she learned in church.
(b) Drawing pictures in the sand in the chicken shed.
(c) Playing a harmonica that she found in town.
(d) Laying in bed thinking about what she's learned.

2. 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) Little green bugs.
(b) Chemical pesticides.
(c) Over-watering.
(d) Under-watering.

3. What does Sarny say they pour down the trough in the mornings for the slaves in Chapter 3?
(a) Buttermilk.
(b) Tea.
(c) Coffee.
(d) Oatmeal.

4. How does Sarny describe Mrs. Waller's sister in Chapter 2?
(a) Gentle and kind.
(b) Proud and beautiful.
(c) Soft spoken and meek.
(d) Dried up and mean.

5. What euphemism does Sarny use to describe menstruation in Chapter 1?
(a) Womanhood.
(b) The spots.
(c) The trouble.
(d) Aunt Mary.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sound does Sarny compare John's laughter to in Chapter 3?

2. What had Mammy done when Sarny copied the letters from the feed sack in the dirt when she was younger?

3. How does Sarny describe the financial circumstances of the master's family in Chapter 2?

4. What historical figure "owned, raised, and subsequently used" the slave that the novel is dedicated to by the author?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the regulations and rules regarding slaves and religion in Chapter 2?

2. How would you describe the dialect and language style established in Chapter 1?

3. What is significant about the animal imagery that is seen in Chapter 3?

4. When is the first time that Sarny describes hearing the word "free" in Chapter 2? What were her perceptions of this word?

5. What does Sarny overhear from the white house while she works in Chapter 2?

6. How would you describe the narrator of the story? Is the narrator directly involved in the action of the narrative?

7. What is foreshadowed by Sarny's description of the penny that she once found in Chapter 2?

8. Why were slaves forbidden education historically? How is this depicted in the novel?

9. What was Mammy's response when she discovered Sarny copying the symbols from the grain sack into the dirt when she was a child? Why did she react in this manner?

10. How does Mr. Waller behave toward John as he brings him into the plantation in Chapter 3?

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