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

2. Sandy noticed that his reader showed black Africans as what?

3. Old Sister Johnson had lived through slavery, and after being freed, she and a large number of other blacks started up a town called _____________.

4. Why did she want to get a job as a chambermaid at a hotel?

5. What does Sandy do with his gift from Tempy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Hager believe the blacks should deal with white oppression? Do you agree with her? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the relationship between Harriet and Hager.

9. How does Annjee react when Jimboy comes home and ignores her and her cooking? Should she react this way? Why or why not?

10. How does Aunt Hager react to Harriet and Sandy going to a dance? Why does she react this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aunt Hager dies.

Part 1) Describe the events surrounding Aunt Hager's death. How are the other characters affected by her death? How does her death affect the plot of the story? How different would the story be if she had lived?

Part 2) How important is Aunt Hager to this story? How does she influence those around her? Who is the Aunt Hager in your own life? How does this person compare to Aunt Hager?

Part 3) What is another significant event in this story? How is it significant? How are the characters affected by it? How can you relate to it?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

A carnival and revival take place on the same day only a half mile apart.

Part 1) Describe the events surrounding this carnival and the revival. Why has the author put both of these events on the same day near each other? What does this reveal about the characters and the culture at the time?

Part 2) How might people act today if there were both a carnival and church revival on the same day? Would the reaction be the same? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are these two events similar? How are they different? What do they have to say about how people spend their leisure time? What does it also say about one's priorities in life?

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