Sag Harbor Test | Final Test - Hard

Colson Whitehead
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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 Benji's father get annoyed about with Benji's mother during the BBQ?

2. With what does NP plan to bribe one of the bouncers at the concert?

3. How does Benji's mother resolve the argument between herself and Benji's father during the BBQ?

4. How often do people stay at Benji's old Sag Harbor house?

5. What kind of music does the local radio station play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Melanie return to Sag Harbor in Chapter 7?

2. What did Benji's parents do for a living?

3. Why is Benji's make-out session with Melanie so awkward afterward?

4. Why do Benji and his friends stop watching the races in Chapter 8?

5. How does Benji feel about his future as the novel concludes?

6. How does the older Benji look back at the Lisa Lisa concert?

7. How does Reggie try to avoid making his father angry?

8. Why is Benji embarrassed about his music choices?

9. Why does Melanie leave Sag Harbor when she's younger?

10. What is Benji most concerned with when it comes to the beer in the forest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe at least 4 negative aspects of having a protagonist as young and naive as Benji. Make sure to use evidence from the novel to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Describe at least 3 things that Whitehead is able to do with the character of Benji because he is a teenager AND at least 3 things he is not able to do with him because he is a teenager.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Whitehead portrays authority figures in "Sag Harbor," making sure to use at least 3 specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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