Quicksand and Passing Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What feelings come up for Irene when remembering her visit with Clare in Chicago

2. Clare cries at the end of Chapter 4

3. At all costs, Irene does not want to

4. When Brian tries to talk to his sons about racism, Irene

5. Irene attributes Brian's complete withdrawal to

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an in-depth essay on Dr. Robert Anderson. There are many things about him which attract and repel Helga. What is his role in Helga's life in Quicksand? What does he represent to her? Is there anything about him that would make him more attractive to Helga than the average man? Why does Larsen include him?

Essay Topic 2

Why did Helga Crane not fit into the culture of Naxos? Larsen suggests several reasons, but one stands out above the rest. Helga is a complex character, but has some basic flaws that hinder her development. What were they, and how did they hurt her?

Essay Topic 3

Write about Christian spiritualism among African Americans in the 1920s in America. What were their general doctrines, and where did they come from? Did the beliefs come over with slaves from Africa, or were they developed among blacks in America? Where did these ideas come from?

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