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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Susan describe Jake?
2. Who is also sitting at Susan Byrd's house?
3. Who is the son that Solomon wanted to take back to Africa with him?
4. Who does Milkman believe can help him?
5. To where did Sing, Jake and Milkman's father travel?
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
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
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?
This section contains 322 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)