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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. Her decision to marry Pleasant Green is Helga's way of

2. Dr. Anderson's rejection of her leaves Helga

3. The furnishings in Anne Grey's home

4. Prior to Olsen's proposal, Helga had planned to

5. When Dr. Anderson makes an assumption about her background, Helga

Short Essay Questions

1. How did her religion help Helga through difficult times?

2. What was it about Helga's past that was so unhappy? Is her unhappiness justified? Why, or why not?

3. How does this time in Helga's life compare to other times? Is it similar or different? In what ways?

4. How has the gift of Uncle Peter's money affected Helga? Was this a kind gesture on his part? Why or why not?

5. What is it about African Americans that Helga hates? Is this opinion of hers new, or has she felt this way for some time? What causes her to draw this conclusion?

6. Is Helga feeling regret as she leaves Naxos? Why or why not? Is this a good move for her career? Is sh being responsible?

7. Devastated over losing what she secretly hoped would develop into an affair with Anderson, Helga's depression returns. Discuss the worship service that she happens upon, and its symbolism.

8. Is it clear whether Helga is liked by her peers or colleagues? If so, is it genuine? Is Helga a likable person?

9. What is Dr. Anderson's attitude toward the troubles of society? Is he an idealist, or is he a wise man? Use examples to answer.

10. Discuss the reasons for Helga's newfound happiness with her life in New York. What is it that pleases her in these new surroudings? Why does she feel better here than in Chicago?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Who made up high society in the black population in New York in the 1920s? What did these people do for a living? From where did their money come? Focus on three examples of historical figures and discuss their occupations and lifestyles.

Essay Topic 2

Write about the complexities of the personality of Mrs. Hayes-Rore. Why does Larsen develop her character? What does she symbolize? Is she a typical Harlemite? Is she important to Quicksand as a character? If so, what exactly is her role in the story?

Essay Topic 3

In the 1920s, being of mixed race was not easy, as exemplified by these stories. How have things changed in America in this regard, or have they? Is there more freedom now for mixed marriages and bi-racial children? Why, or why not? What are some of the hardships faced by bi-racial couples and children?

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