Song of Solomon Test | 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. Where does First Corinthians go to school?

2. What helps Milkman find his way in the cave?

3. According to the hunting men, who is related to Sing, Milkman's grandmother?

4. Who does Milkman ask Susan about?

5. How is Solomon getting to Africa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It's no surprise that racism plays a large role in this novel, much as it does in many of Morrison's novels.

Part 1 - What is the relationship between the blacks and the whites in "The Song of Solomon?"

Part 2 - What are some examples of racism in this novel? Name and describe at least 3.

Part 3 - Does race hurt those in the story? How so? Give at least 2 examples.

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 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.

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