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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to the hunting men, who is related to Sing, Milkman's grandmother?
2. How is Solomon getting to Africa?
3. What ruins Hagar's new purchases?
4. How does Susan describe Jake?
5. What does Guitar think Milkman has done?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The concept of love is a strange one in this novel as it seems to be out of proportion for the relationships that are described.
Part 1 - Describe Macon's love for Ruth.
Part 2 - Describe Ruth's love for her son and for her father.
Part 3 - Describe Hagar's love for Milkman.
Part 4 - What do these examples of love seem to indicate about the novel's ideas of love? Is love a good thing? A bad thing? A strange thing? Why?
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