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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. It was late March and Annjee decided that she was going to save up her money and do what?

2. What happened to the Gavitts?

3. In "Punishment", Sandy often received a nickel for what purpose?

4. On Thursday afternoon, who comes home to visit?

5. Harriet had been on bad terms with Aunt Hager. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Annjee treated by her employer? Do you believe this is unusual behavior for an employer at this time? Why or why not?

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

3. Why did many black people have to leave Stanton?

4. Why is Jimboy returning home? Does Aunt Hager believe him? Why or why not?

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

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

7. How is this a sad Christmas?

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

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. What is learned about Jimboy and Sandy's relationship from their time fishing together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each of Aunt Hager's children leave her.

Part 1) Describe each of Aunt Hager's children. When and why do they leave her? How does this affect her? How does their leaving affect them? How does their leaving affect others in the story? Should they have left? Why or why not?

Part 2) When do the children return? Why do they return? What does this return reveal about them, Hager, and their relationship to Hager and to each other?

Part 3) Do all children leave their parents? Why or why not? Should children leave their parents and fend for themselves? Why or why not? Do you envision yourself leaving your family? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

A bout of the mumps changes Sandy's life.

Part 1) Describe this event in the book. Why is this period of Sandy's life so influential? Why had this not taken place before? Why does it have such a lasting effect on Sandy?

Part 2) What other events drastically change the characters in this story? Why are these events so powerful? How important are these events to the plot and outcome of the story?

Part 3) What event has occurred in your life that has had a lasting effect on you? How have you been affected by it? How might this one event change the course of your future?

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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