Seth and Samona Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joanne Hyppolite
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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 did Matant Margaret always do with the money she made in America?

2. When Seth does not want to join Samana, what does she tease him about?

3. Who was the teacher on the day Samona joined Seth's classroom?

4. When Seth thinks about death, who does he imagine missing after death?

5. What country did Matant Margaret immigrate from?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Papi feel about Samona Gemini?

2. What reasons does Chantal give Seth as to why she loves Jerome?

3. Describe Samona's relationship with her mother.

4. On the way home from Mrs. Fabiyi's home, what information does Samona divulge to Seth about her plans for the future?

5. How does Seth describe his childhood and his home life as a child?

6. What memory does Seth have of Samona that makes him view her fondly, and not as a stranger?

7. When Seth finally locates Jean-Claude, how does his brother react?

8. What happened when Seth and Samona tried to sell toiletries door-to-door?

9. What was Matant Margaret's life like in the years before her death?

10. Why doesn't Jean-Claude like Chantal's boyfriend, Jerome?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Manmi and Papi often pressure their children to rise above the neighborhood and create better lives for themselves. First, create a list of opportunities Manmi and Papi give their children to help them succeed in life. Then, explain how these opportunities create pressure on the children to please their parents, and what the result of this pressure is.

Essay Topic 2

During the beauty pageant, Samona performs a monologue from Sojourner Truth's piece "Aint I a Woman?" First, explain why Samona chose this piece, and what the response from the audience to her performance was. Then, explain how Sojourner Truth's monologue explains the main theme of the novel - women's rights.

Essay Topic 3

Mrs. Fabiyi represents a traditional Africa many of the neighborhood children are unfamiliar with. First, explain how Mrs. Fabiyi's traditions led the neighborhood children to believe she was a witch. Then, explain how Mrs. Fabiyi's traditions helped lead Samona to a deeper understanding of herself and her beauty.

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