Push Test | Mid-Book 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 do the girls learn as a group at the Alternative School?

2. Why does Precious yell at her math teacher, Mr. Wicher?

3. What grade is Precious in at the beginning of the story?

4. How does Precious know she weighs more than two hundred pounds?

5. What is revealed about Precious' first baby when she flashes back to the memory of having her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Precious stop talking in kindergarten?

2. Why is Precious a ninth grader and not the junior in high school that she should be?

3. How did Precious become so overweight at such a young age?

4. Who does Precious try to find after she has her first baby?

5. What does Precious say about Farrakhan?

6. What upsets Precious when she goes to register for the Higher Education Alternative/Each One Teach One school?

7. What prevents Precious from being able to care about and succeed in her education?

8. Why does Precious have a hard time understanding that she had a baby?

9. Why does Precious not want her mother to know about her second pregnancy?

10. How does Precious surprise herself on her first day of class at the Alternative School?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is the ending of Push negative or positive? What kind of message is Sapphire trying to send to the reader? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of Chapter 2, Precious has put up pictures of Harriet Tubman and Farrakhan on her wall and looks out of her window at the town she lives in. Describe this scene and its significance in explaining Precious' fight throughout the novel. Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Precious learns her ABC's in a way that most people would not imagine a young girl learning. Using examples from the book, explain how this instance develops Precious' character for the reader and helps the reader to understand Precious' life.

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