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. What does Milkman realize as Hagar tries to kill him and fails?

2. Which of these is not one of the rules of Guitar's organization?

3. What is another name for the hospital in the story?

4. Which of these women does not sing in the group when Milkman visits?

5. How old is Milkman when he is out buying Christmas presents for everyone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What idea does Macon resist when talking to Milkman?

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

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

4. Why don't Pilate and Macon stay in hiding for long?

5. What does Milkman tell Pilate about the bones she found in the cave?

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

7. What is Susan's response to Milkman's questions about his grandmother, Sing?

8. What hinders Milkman's journey to his father's old house?

9. When Milkman is 31, what is he out doing before Christmas?

10. What is the legend of Milkman's great grandfather?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pilate does something shocking when Milkman returns from speaking to Susan Byrd about Sing and his family. The reader is shocked at this point, but there is method to the madness. Part 1 - What does Pilate do upon Milkman's arrival? What does this seem to say about Pilate's opinion of Milkman's actions? Part 2 - Why does Pilate change her mind so quickly about Milkman's situation? What does this say about Pilate? Part 3 - Why do you think Milkman is so certain Pilate will not kill him?

Essay Topic 2

In the end, Milkman 'flies' off into a chasm, but it's not certain what happens after that. Following in his great grandfather's footsteps, it seems Milkman wants to make a leap as well. Part 1 - Why do you think Milkman decided to leap off into the chasm? What was his motivation? Part 2 - Do you think Milkman actually flew at the end of the story? Or perhaps you think it was a figurative flight? Explain your answer. Part 3 - What do you think happens to Guitar after this scene? What does he do when he can not kill Milkman as he planned?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of bad luck is one that runs through this novel, and culminates in Chapter 13, not coincidentally. Part 1 - Describe the bad luck of Pilate and how it affects her in the novel. Part 2 - Describe the bad luck of Reba and how it affects her in the novel. Part 3 - Describe the back luck of Hagar and how it affects her in the novel. Part 4 - List any other instances of bad luck you noticed in this novel.

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