Song of Solomon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who picks up a rock and kills the white man where Macon and Pilate decide to sleep?

2. What is the name of the organization of which Guitar is a part?

3. Who is trying to fly at the start of the novel?

4. What did Pilate use to protect Ruth and her unborn son?

5. Regarding Hagar: The fact that she is so _____ to sleep with robs Milkman of the pleasure that should come with sex.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the rules of The Seven Days?

2. Why does Milkman receive a much different reception when he enters the General Store the second time?

3. Why doesn't Solomon bring Jake to Africa with him?

4. What is the surprise Milkman encounters when he goes to Susan Byrd's house?

5. What are some of Milkman's first impressions of the Butler house when he arrives?

6. What are Pilate and Milkman supposed to do with the bones Pilate found in the cave?

7. What does Milkman do for his father in the rental business?

8. What makes Milkman ask Guitar about his new habits and odd behavior?

9. What does the Dead family do on Sunday afternoons?

10. What is Guitar's reason for trying to kill Milkman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story of Solomon is a turning point of sorts for Milkman in the story. Its presence was never known to Milkman, and hearing it allows him to move forward in the story.

Part 1 - Describe the story of Solomon, what happened, and who the main players in the story were.

Part 2 - What does this story seem to say about Solomon and his relationship with his son?

Part 3 - What are some of the ways the story of Solomon affects Milkman's life?

Essay Topic 2

The roles we take on in life are often not what we thought they would be - this is especially the case for many of the female characters in this novel.

Part 1 - List three characters in this novel who are not in the roles they wish they could be.

Part 2 - For each of the characters, describe what you think they would rather do with their lives. Why?

Part 3 - Does society dictate their roles or are they holding themselves back? Why did you answer the way you did?

Essay Topic 3

The role of racism in the story is different as it seems almost as if it is accepted into society instead of rebelled against, as it is in so many other tales.

Part 1 - Describe 3 instances of racism in the story.

Part 2 - For each of these instances, describe whether or not the characters have accepted the racism. Why or why not?

Part 3 - When racism is accepted, can it ever be erased? Why or why not?

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