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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. What does Tempy give Sandy for Christmas?

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

3. In Stanton, why was there almost no work for black people?

4. Hager, Annjee and Sandy are very poor, so poor that they can't afford what?

5. Towards the end of the year, Annjee recovers, and they receive a letter from Harriet asking for what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the relationship between Harriet and Hager.

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

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

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

7. How does Hager show she is a determined woman in this chapter?

8. How do Sandy and Annjee feel about Jimboy's disappearance? Why do they feel this way?

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 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

Sandy, by the end of the book, decides to focus on his education.

Part 1) Describe Sandy's education throughout the book. At what points does he become excited about learning? Why does he become excited about learning? How does this excitement affect him?

Part 2) How might this decision affect Sandy for the rest of his life? How important is it that Harriett supports this decision? Explain. How does this decision reflect Sandy's upbringing in Tempy and Aunt Hager's care?

Part 3) Do you believe that education is important in your own life? Why or why not? What do you believe is important in your own life? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The personalities and beliefs of the characters are revealed early in the story.

Part 1) Describe the personalities and beliefs of each of the main characters. How are these personalities and beliefs revealed in the story? How do these personalities and beliefs cause conflict between the characters? How do they also bring the characters together?

Part 2) How do the characters' personalities and beliefs change over time? What causes these changes? How do these changes alter the plot of the story? Do the events of the story guide the characters' reactions and opinions? Do the characters' personalities and beliefs guide the events in the story? Are both the characters' personalities and the events in the story play equal roles in the progression of the plot? Explain.

Part 3) How can you relate to these characters, their personalities, and their beliefs? How does the author make these characters "real" for the reader?

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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