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. What ruins Hagar's new purchases?

2. What is inside the green bag?

3. Who does Milkman ask Susan about?

4. What causes Hagar's eventual death?

5. Why is First Corinthians embarrassed to be seen with her new lover?

Essay Topics

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

The idea of bad luck is one that runs through this novel, and culminates in Chapter 13, not coincidentally.

Part 1 - Describe the bad luck of Pilate and how it affects her in the novel.

Part 2 - Describe the bad luck of Reba and how it affects her in the novel.

Part 3 - Describe the back luck of Hagar and how it affects her in the novel.

Part 4 - List any other instances of bad luck you noticed in this novel.

Essay Topic 3

The roles we take on in life are often not what we thought they would be - this is especially the case for many of the female characters in this novel.

Part 1 - List three characters in this novel who are not in the roles they wish they could be.

Part 2 - For each of the characters, describe what you think they would rather do with their lives. Why?

Part 3 - Does society dictate their roles or are they holding themselves back? Why did you answer the way you did?

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