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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. Tempy and her husband have done well financially and have stopped hanging around who?

2. What happened to the Gavitts?

3. While Aunt Hager was gone, who showed up and asked Harriet to come to a dance with him?

4. Who had Jimboy probably been trying to outdo?

5. Why did this woman decide to quit her job as a waitress?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sandy react to Tempy's gift? Why does he react this way?

2. What happened to Crowville? Why did this happen?

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

4. What are Hager's religious beliefs? What does Harriet think about these beliefs?

5. How does Aunt Hager help others during and after the storm?

6. How does the reader know that Harriet has lived a difficult life since she left home?

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

8. How did Jimboy react to Sandy's lying? How did this affect Sandy? Why was he affected in this way?

9. How was Sandy's integrated school segregated? Are you surprised by this? Why or why not?

10. What does Annjee decide to do in "One by One?" Why does she decide to do this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hager believes that slavery was not all bad.

Part 1) Describe Hager's experiences as a slave. How does she support the statement that slavery was not good, but it was not all bad? Is this sufficient support? Why or why not?

Part 2) How is life in this oppressive culture worse than slavery? Why is it worse than slavery? What role do both whites and blacks play in this oppressive culture?

Part 3) How has our culture changed since this time? Is it still oppressive? If so, how? If not, why not? Is there room for more equality, love, and understanding in our culture? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The book ends with Harriet supporting Sandy's decision to complete his education.

Part 1) How does the story evolve to this point? Why might the book end in this way?

Part 2) Is this a good way to end the story? Why or why not? If you could change the ending, what would you do?

Part 3) What does this ending say about the purpose of the book? What does it say about Langston Hughes, himself?

Essay Topic 3

Many conversations about life take place between the chapters.

Part 1) Describe two of these conversations. Why do they take place? What do they reveal about the characters involved in the conversation? What do they reveal about others in the story?

Part 2) What do these conversations reveal about the culture of the time? What do they also reveal about our culture today? How has our culture changed since this time? Is this a positive change? Why or why not?

Part 3) How can you relate to these conversations? When have you had similar conversations? How are conversations about life necessary? How do conversations such as these aid one in understanding oneself and others?

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