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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. Who wrote the novel Delphine?

2. Who intervenes when the girl makes fun of Fern in class in "Coloring and La-La"?

3. Who gets Delphine and her sisters situated for the summer program at the People's Center in "Even the Earth is a Revolutionary"?

4. What beverage does Cecile tell Delphine to get at the restaurant in "Mean Lady Ming"?

5. What is the name of the doll that Fern carries with her everywhere she goes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed to be in the package sent by Cecile to the People's Center in "Breakfast Program"?

2. What does Cecile give to Delphine to take to the People's Center in "Inseparable"?

3. What is reflected through Big Ma's perceptions of the people at the airport?

4. How is the theme of family illustrated through the character of Delphine in "Glass of Water"?

5. How does Delphine feel about the people and customs at the People's Center in "Even the Earth is a Revolutionary"?

6. How is the theme of counterculture explored in the first chapters of the novel?

7. What is symbolic about Cecile's kitchen in the novel?

8. What causes the conflict between Delphine and her sisters in "Golden Gate Bridge"?

9. Why does Big Ma ask a black woman at the airport to look after her granddaughters?

10. What are the repercussions of Cecile's actions of independence in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism of Cecile's kitchen in the novel. What does Cecile's kitchen represent to her? What does it represent to her children? Why is it significant that Cecile bars the children from entering the kitchen?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the setting of the People's Center. Why are Delphine and her sisters sent to the center? What do they do when they arrive there? What are the people like at the People's Center?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of childhood in One Crazy Summer. In what ways is Delphine prevented from enjoying her childhood in the narrative? What are the instances where she is able to "be a child" again? How does this theme apply to Cecile?

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