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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What helps Milkman find his way in the cave?
2. Who has spoiled Hagar?
3. To where does Milkman decide to drive?
4. What is the real name of Milkman's grandfather?
5. Where does Milkman go to get a soda?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The families in this story seem to have more troubles than those who are not blood related. The Dead family in particular has a number of strange interactions that seem to make a reader question if they love each other at all.
Part 1 - What are some of the strange ways the Dead family interacts?
Part 2 - Describe the relationship between Pilate and Macon. Does it seem that these two love each other? Why or why not?
Part 3 - Describe the relationship between Pilate and Milkman. Do these two seem to have a strong relationship? Why or why not?
Part 4 - What does the fact that Macon tried to keep Milkman away from Pilate say about Macon's ideas about family?
Essay Topic 2
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 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?
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