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. Tempy sent Sandy to wire Annjee to let her know that Hager was sick. Why did the news not reach Annjee at this time?

2. In 'Beware of Women' Tempy complains that Sandy is doing what?

3. Mr. Siles and Tempy warned Sandy to 'beware of women.' Why?

4. Why does Hager not want Sandy to work at a hotel?

5. What did Tempy and her husband's friends avoid?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sandy change when he begins to focus on his education? Is this good or bad?

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

3. How did Sandy benefit from having the mumps?

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

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

6. How does Hager support her beliefs regarding slavery?

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

8. What takes place in the Pool Hall? Why?

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

10. How does the reader learn Hager's importance in the community?

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

Aunt Hager believes that the world only has room for love.

Part 1) Describe the situation in which Aunt Hager mentions this. Why does she believe the world has room for "nothing but love?" If the soul is ugly, how can the world only have room for love? Do you agree with Hager? Why or why not?

Part 2) How can the world make room only for love? Does this take place in the story? Is this thought reflected anywhere in the story? Explain.

Part 3) How is love seen in our world today? Do you believe it is possible for all races and cultures to love and respect each other? Why or why not?

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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