Song of Solomon Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the date of the beginning of the novel?

The date of the beginning of the novel is February 18, 1931, when Robert Smith is about to try to fly from the roof of Mercy Hospital.

2. To where does Robert Smith want to fly when he is standing on the roof of Mercy Hospital?

Robert Smith, insurance agent, is trying to fly from the roof of Mercy Hospital to Lake Superior.

3. What is wrong with Mercy Hospital that it has been given a not-so-flattering nickname?

Mercy Hospital is dubbed No Mercy Hospital because it will not admit blacks to its facilities.

4. What is the result of Robert Smith's 'flight' from the top of Mercy Hospital?

Robert Smith flies off the top of the hospital and dies, but this seems to motivate the staff to do something kind and admit Ruth Foster who is about to deliver her 'colored' baby one month early.

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