Not Without Laughter Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Once when Sandy was shining the shoes of a drunken bunch of white men, one of them, a Southerner, told Sandy to do what?

2. What did Sandy win?

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

4. What happens when Sandy's school comes up during their discussion with Harriet?

5. On the way to Sandy's job, he was accosted by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first major event in "Ten Dollars and Costs?" How might this be both a good and bad job?

2. Describe Hager's funeral.

3. How does Hager support her beliefs regarding slavery?

4. In "Children's Day," how does inequality even affect African American children?

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

6. What does Sandy get from working in a barber shop?

7. What was the worst incident Sandy had to deal with at the hotel?

8. What is the other major event in this chapter? Are you surprised by this? Why or why not?

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

10. How is Sandy's hotel job, as mentioned in "Hey, Boy!" bad?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the characters in this story are women.

Part 1) Why might the author have made most of the characters women? What generalization can you make about these women? What generalization can you make about the men in the story? How do the women compare to the men? What does this reveal about the culture of the time and the author?

Part 2) What might this story have been like if most of the characters were men? Would it be different? Why or why not? Why has the author put an importance and an emphasis on women, especially considering the author is a man?

Part 3) Compare these women to the women in your own life. How are they similar? How are they different? What might account for these similarities and differences? Although most of the characters are women, can men relate to these characters? Why or why not?

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

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?

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