Song of Solomon Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guitar NOT want to use in his plans for The Seven Days responsibilities?

2. Who is the son that Solomon wanted to take back to Africa with him?

3. What does Guitar need in order to accomplish his goal?

4. What does Susan say that Grace is?

5. Who is the subject of the song that the children are singing?

Essay 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

The women in this story seem to be quite different, especially those in Milkman's life. Through his interactions with women, he becomes the man he grows up to be.

Part 1 - Describe the relationship between Milkman and Ruth.

Part 2 - Describe the relationship between Milkman and Pilate

Part 3 - Of these two relationships, which one seems to affect Milkman the most?

Part 4 - What is the relationship between the two women? Does this affect Milkman?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of images - ghosts, peacocks, cedar tree, etc. - that seem to pop up in this novel as symbols for something greater in terms of the novel's message.

Part 1 - List at least four symbols that occur in this story, where they occur, and who sees them.

Part 2 - What do you think each of these symbols mean for the story when they appear?

Part 3 - Do these symbols help to add to the story's message? Why or why not? What do you feel the overall message might be?

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