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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does First Corinthians go to school?
2. What is the real name of Milkman's grandfather?
3. Who pawns her ring to help Hagar buy all new things?
4. Where does Milkman buy the used car?
5. What does Pilate wonder aloud?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The ongoing debate over nature vs. the ideals of society is one that plays out in this novel, especially with those in the Dead family.
Part 1 - Compare and contrast Pilate and Macon. How do they live and how does this relate to society?
Part 2 - Do you feel society plays a large role in the decisions we make or does our upbringing play a larger role? Why?
Part 3 - Does society cause us to be who we are or does family? Give examples from the book to support your answer.
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
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.
This section contains 367 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)