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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. Sister Johnson and Hager have long conversation about what?

2. "Work" begins with Jimboy and Sandy doing what?

3. How did the white men feel about working alongside a black man?

4. What did John Lowdins do when a drunk white man attacked him?

5. In "School", the summer ends and Sandy has to go back to school to the ________ grade, which was integrated.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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