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. Where does Milkman find Guitar?

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

3. For how long does Milkman want to leave town?

4. Who prevented Macon from attempting to miscarry Milkman when he was in the womb?

5. Who is Milkman's best friend?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hagar get the money to buy things to make herself pretty?

2. Why is Guitar having troubles with his assignment with The Seven Days?

3. What does Guitar realize about Hagar as he helps her get back to her house?

4. What happens on the day that is assigned to Guitar?

5. What does Guitar do when he finds Hagar frozen as she stands over Milkman?

6. Why does Guitar leave Milkman alone, even though Guitar is certain Hagar is coming to kill him?

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

8. What happened to Sing according to Susan?

9. How does Milkman get to Shalimar?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The attempt to fly is just one of the ways Morrison symbolizes the characters' need to escape from their conditions.

Part 1 - Describe the opening scene with Robert Smith and why he decided he wanted to fly away.

Part 2 - What is the significance of the story of Solomon the Flying Man? What does it mean for the rest of the characters?

Part 3 - Why do you think Milkman decides to fly as well at the end of the story? Is it a sign that he has given up or is it a sign of strength? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Gold seems to be the thing on many of the men's minds in this book. But while they are all unsuccessful, they still seem to long for that which they can not have.

Part 1 - Describe Macon's search for the gold in the story. What are his motivations for getting the gold?

Part 2 - Describe Milkman's quest for the gold in the story. What are his motivations?

Part 3 - Describe Guitar's quest for the gold. What are his motivations? What does it cause him to do? Why do you think he resorted to violence?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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