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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 Pilate do for a living?

2. To where do Macon and Pilate escape instead of staying in their hiding place?

3. Where is the person in #2 trying to fly?

4. What does Milkman mention that causes Macon to become excited?

5. What does Hagar bring as the murder weapon for Milkman's murder?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What makes Macon excited as Milkman is arguing his point in #25?

3. What is the progress of Milkman's trip back home?

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

5. What is the job that First Corinthians takes?

6. What is Milkman's reaction to the message he receives at the General Store?

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

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

9. What are some of the ways First Corinthians hides her true employment situation?

10. What does First Corinthians' job mean to her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Names seem to be a significant part of this novel, giving the reader insights into the characters, their personalities and their motivations.

Part 1 - Name five characters and describe why you feel Morrison chose their names.

Part 2 - With these five names, are there any that don't seem to be appropriate for the characters? Why or why not?

Part 3 - Do you feel the Biblical names have any further significance in this story? What sets those characters apart from the others?

Part 4 - Some characters have more than one name. Please name these.

Essay Topic 2

There are several characters who have physical flaws that seem to be symbolic of their character and of their roles in the novel.

Part 1 - What do you feel Pilate's lack of a navel represents in the context of this novel? What does this say about her as a person?

Part 2 - What do you feel Milkman's limp has to say about him? What does it cause him to do?

Part 3 - Do you feel that physical flaws can alter the personality of a person or is it the other way around? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

There is a lot of foreshadowing in this novel, though it's not always clear at the time. Morrison's use of these 'hints' helps a reader see that the story is moving in the direction it says it is, even when it seems like the characters are unpredictable.

Part 1 - Describe three instances of foreshadowing in the story.

Part 2 - Why do you think Pilate is the character who is able to give the other characters many of the foreshadowing hints?

Part 3 - What does foreshadowing do for this story? Does it help the characters or does it hurt them? How?

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