Sula Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the year this holiday begins?

2. What does Sula fret over?

3. Whose grandmother is trying to keep her away from a certain place?

4. Where does Shadrack find himself when he opens his eyes?

5. This neighborhood of the town started off as a "________."

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Nel marry in this section?

2. What does Nel think about her grandmother?

3. What was the problem with the land that the farmer gave away?

4. What does Eva have to say about Hannah's accusations?

5. Why does Nel act so cordial toward Sula after all these years?

6. Describe Sula and Nel in terms of their physical features and temperaments.

7. What does Hannah dream of after she cleans the beans for dinner and sees the Deweys with their laces tied together?

8. What did the farmer tell the slaves about the land?

9. What has Eva done to her house over the past five years?

10. What has been sparked in Nel?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

BoyBoy is one of the few male characters in this story. What is the role of the men in this story? What does this day about Morrison's views of female power and influence? What weaknesses does Morrison expose in the male gender? What advantages does female dominance seem to offer to the story? What are the downfalls of being a women in 'Sula'?

Essay Topic 2

Eva is constantly taking in new people into her home, but what are her motivations for doing so? What does she say her motivations are? What do you think she really wants from these people? How do her actions in taking people in affect those boarders? Are there any success stories of the people who have lived in her home?

Essay Topic 3

While Nel and Sula are complete opposites, they still become fast friends. Why do you think this happens? What does Nel admire in Sula? What does Sula admire in Nel? Why are they seen as one person after a while? What is the point of their friendship in relation to the rest of the story? Does this seem to indicate that opposites make good friends? Why or why not?

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