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 club was Lisa Lisa going to play at in Sag Harbor?

2. What does Benji think about his upcoming year as the summer concludes?

3. What did Benji do when Melanie, at a young age, suggested they get married?

4. How does Benji see the headlights pull into the driveway of his old house?

5. What picture does Benji see that makes him realize how bad his father's haircuts were?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kinds of things does Benji imagine needing for the school year as he lies in bed in Chapter 8?

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

4. What causes Benji to realize his father's BBQ isn't all that he remembered it to be?

5. According to Benji in Chapter 5, why was The Cosby Show so groundbreaking?

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

7. Why is it problematic for Benji to have a crush on Erica?

8. What do Benji and his friends think of the bonfire?

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

10. What makes Benji feel extra proud about being able to sneak into the Lisa Lisa concert in Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 3 literary devices that Whitehead uses to help the reader better understand at least one character of your choosing. Use direct quotations and/or examples from the text to support your position.

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 at least 3 literary devices Whitehead uses within the first 2 chapters to help the reader better understand Benji as both a character and the protagonist. Make sure to use examples and/or quotations from the text to support your thesis.

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