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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 he reached school, the teacher did what?

2. Sandy really wants _________, but the best his mother can do is to get Mr. Logan to build him one.

3. Why does Annjee have to give up the money she was saving for Sandy's Christmas?

4. The white people near the area were furious at these blacks. Why?

5. What did Sandy and Buster do with their money?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Sandy do with his collection plate money? Why did he do this?

2. What does Jimboy do when he comes home in "Guitar?" Why might he do this?

3. Why does Harriet run off with the circus?

4. Why do Tempy and her husband leave the Baptist church?

5. How does Annjee defend her decision to go to Detroit?

6. How is it revealed in this chapter that class structure and race is important to the people of Stanton?

7. What takes place at the same time during "Carnival?" Why is this significant?

8. What is the purpose of "White Folks?"

9. What does Sandy think about Jesus? How has he come to this conclusion?

10. How do Hager and Sister Johnson view Jimboy, as compared to other men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several possible themes in this book.

Part 1) What are three possible themes? Describe each theme. How are these themes? Use the text to support your response. Are these also universal themes? if so, how? If not, why not?

Part 2) How do these themes influence the characters? How do they also influence the plot?

Part 3) How can you relate to these themes in your own life? How can anyone relate to these themes?

Essay Topic 2

Punishment and consequences take place frequently in this book.

Part 1) Describe the punishments and consequences that take place in this book. Why do they take place? Are they effective? Why or why not? What do they reveal about the characters in the story? What do they reveal about the culture at the time?

Part 2) Do you agree with all of the punishments and consequences in this book? Why or why not? Would similar punishments and consequences exist today? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe a time when you have been punished. Do you believe this punishment was fair? Why or why not? How did this punishment affect you?

Essay Topic 3

Sandy is told to not trust women.

Part 1) Who tells Sandy not to trust women? Why do they tell him this? What does this reveal about those who told Sandy this? What does it reveal about men at this time? What does it also reveal about women? Would women at this time agree that they are out to trick men? Why or why not? Do you believe that Sandy should beware of women? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does inequality between the sexes and the vast differences in social classes influence the beliefs of these men and the actions of women? If there were more equality, would there be more honesty and trust between men and women? Why or why not?

Part 3) Does Sandy listen to these men? If so, why and how? If not, why not? Does this lack of trust exist today? Explain. Do you trust the opposite sex? Why or why not?

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