Praisesong for the Widow 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. Where does Avey go after she gets dressed?

2. What is the benefit of Avey's hotel balcony meltdown?

3. What type of dances follow the Beg Pardon?

4. What does Rosalie wish Lebert would do?

5. What does Rosalie do for Avey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Lebert's interest in determining Avey's tribe?

2. Describe Avey's experience at the Beg Pardon.

3. What does Lebert regard Avey as and how does he convince her to go to the island with him?

4. Of what did Avey live in denial during the 1960s and 1970s regarding her heritage?

5. Describe how Avey's massage becomes almost like a sacred ritual in renewing her in body and spirit.

6. What is Juba and what might it mean for Avey?

7. Avey now longs for her husband "Jay" who "died" when Jerome came to the forefront and made them an affluent family. To what holiday situation does Avey compare this longing?

8. What does Avey mean when she says that her life is a tabula rasa?

9. Describe how Avey has now integrated all the parts of her life into an authentic whole person.

10. How does Avey meet Lebert Joseph?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for Avey's life. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the role of religion and spirituality in Avey's life. What had it meant to her as a child? How were the religion lessons with her father different from the spiritual lessons with Great Aunt Cuney? Why were each of them important to Avey's development? Explain.

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