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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Milkman ask Susan about?
2. To where does Milkman return?
3. What does Pilate wonder aloud?
4. What does Hagar not buy?
5. Who is also sitting at Susan Byrd's house?
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
In the end, Milkman 'flies' off into a chasm, but it's not certain what happens after that. Following in his great grandfather's footsteps, it seems Milkman wants to make a leap as well.
Part 1 - Why do you think Milkman decided to leap off into the chasm? What was his motivation?
Part 2 - Do you think Milkman actually flew at the end of the story? Or perhaps you think it was a figurative flight? Explain your answer.
Part 3 - What do you think happens to Guitar after this scene? What does he do when he can not kill Milkman as he planned?
Essay Topic 3
The songs in this book are powerful points in the story and they relay different ways the characters feel about each other and the different ways the characters are connected.
Part 1 - Give three examples of the way song is used in this novel (besides the title).
Part 2 - Describe what each of these examples of song seem to say about those who are singing and about those who are sung to.
Part 3 - Obviously, the title is an example of song as well, but why do you think this title was chosen? What is its significance? Is it a strong title? Why or why not?
This section contains 355 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)