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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. Which of the following are Avey's plans?

2. What language do the people at the harbor speak?

3. What did Jay use to unwind at night?

4. How old was Sis when she tried to get her parents to stop fighting?

5. What element of Jay's appearance was his signature style?

Short Essay Questions

1. What complications emerge in Avey's dream when she, as an adult, resists Great Aunt Cuney's insistence to follow her?

2. Who is Clarice and how does she react to Avey's wanting to leave the cruise?

3. What are some of Avey's memories of her life in the Halsey Street apartment?

4. What does the taxi driver tell Avey about the close ties among the community of people on the island?

5. What does Avey recall about the hard financial times they had during their early marriage?

6. What was Jay's response to Avey's hysterics?

7. Where is Avey at the beginning of Chapter 5 and what is she waiting to do?

8. Whose transformation begins in Chapter 3 after Avey and Jay's big fight?

9. What legend did Great Aunt Cuney tell Avey about the African Ibos?

10. What does Avey recall about spending time with her Great Aunt Cuney?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of women is a main topic addressed in this story. Explain the theme that extends through all the female characters. What is the presumed role of women in America during the 1960s and 1970s? Explain by giving examples.

Essay Topic 2

Praisesong for the Widow is a classic story of renewal and rebirth. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Why did Marshall choose to use the omniscient narrator perspective for the novel? What does this point of view entail? What do you know about the characters and the plot line that you would not know from a different point of view?

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