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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. Sandy goes to work during the winter and overhears many stories and meets many people, learning to do what?

2. Why does Annjee say she needs Sandy's help?

3. While working at the hotel, how did Sandy encounter Harriet?

4. Why are the kids not treated equally?

5. Why was Tempy sad to see Sandy go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Tempy and Arkins think of their low-class backgrounds? Should they feel this way? Why or why not?

2. What has happened to Hager in "Note to Harriett?" Why might the title be named after the note sent to Harriett?

3. How does Hager react to the unfair treatment of Sandy and his friends? Do you agree? Why or why not?

4. How does Sandy feel about what Aunt Hager had taught him? Why does he feel this way?

5. Why does Tempy help out with the war effort?

6. Why does Sandy want to move to Chicago?

7. Why is Sandy to avoid lower-class women?

8. How did reading affect Sandy? Is this good? Why or why not?

9. How is the title, "The Doors of Life," significant?

10. How does Sandy come to the decision to get his education? How does this change his mind?

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

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

Sandy grows up a great deal in this story.

Part 1) Describe Sandy's development into manhood throughout this story. How do the other characters in this story, as well as events that take place, affect him? How does he influence others in this story?

Part 2) How do the other characters grow and change as well? How do these changes affect the dynamics between the characters throughout this book?

Part 3) How have you, your friends, and your family changed over the years? Why have these changes occurred? How have these changes affected your relationships? Overall, have these changes been good? Why or why not?

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