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. Which group goes first in the neighborhood races in Chapter 8?

2. How does Benji's father act when he is drinking?

3. What large item does Barry also throw into the fire?

4. Why does Benji identify with the Cosbys so much?

5. Who suggests sneaking into Benji's old house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Benji's neighbors act when they learn his father is BBQing?

2. What does NP get one of the members of Lisa Lisa to promise in Jonni Waffle?

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

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

5. How does Benji try to avoid making his father angry?

6. Why is Benji embarrassed about his music choices?

7. What goes wrong with NP's plan to get into the Lisa Lisa concert?

8. What does Benji only realize in retrospect about his father's haircuts?

9. What makes Benji's old house so familiar when he breaks in?

10. Why are people under the age of 19 not allowed at the Lisa Lisa concert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 4 aspects of "Sag Harbor" that could have been easily carried over into a second novel about Benji's summers in Sag Harbor.

Essay Topic 2

In a well-written essay, discuss the role that Benji's father plays in the novel and at least one major benefit and challenge for Whitehead in including him.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Benji's family's drive out to Sag Harbor 1) sets the tone for the rest of the novel and 2) introduces at least 3 key facts about Benji that are important throughout the rest of the text. Make sure to use direct quotations and evidence from the text to support your thesis.

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