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. What does Rosalie do for Avey after she bathes her?

2. What had the preacher hoped to remind the congregation of by telling the story of the risen Christ?

3. Who is Lebert's daughter?

4. What type of boat is the Emmanuel C?

5. What do the old women do as they help Avey move below deck?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways is Avey's meltdown at the hotel a clearing of the path for her spiritually?

2. What is the sermon that Avey recalls hearing as a little girl?

3. How does Avey know she has come back to herself?

4. What did the preacher say was the purpose of the sermon about the risen Christ?

5. What does Avey sense as she awakens in the hotel room after her night of being emotionally exhausted?

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

7. How does Lebert Joseph become Avey's guide, in a sense, to her reclaiming her life?

8. What was occurring during all those years that Avey was living in denial about her true self?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Great Aunt Cuney. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What motivated her during her lifetime?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the novel Praisesong for the Widow? What other title could you suggest? State a reason to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Marshall's use of regionalism in the novel. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where she did.

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