Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush 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. Who does Tree realize she is, in this vision?

2. What does Dab see when he comes to the little room with her?

3. What is Tree afraid of?

4. What is Dab upset about at dinner?

5. Where does Tree look for Miss Pricherd first?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Tree and Dab's relationship with their mother like?

2. How does Tree know anything about Brother Rush?

3. What interrupts Tree's first experience with Brother Rush?

4. What does Tree know about the people she sees in this new place?

5. What does Miss Pricherd see in the little room when Tree takes her back there?

6. How does the narrator describe Brother Rush's driving?

7. Where is Tree transported to?

8. How do Tree and Dab wake up on Saturday morning?

9. What does Dab experience when Tree takes him to the little room?

10. What happens when Tree finally gets to talk to her mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Virginia Hamilton's writing in dialect? Does it make the story easier or harder to follow? Does it make you feel like the characters are more alive, or more like puppets? Where does the dialect really work? Where does it seem like it doesn't work as well?

Essay Topic 2

In a couple of places, characters do little dances when they are happy, or can't find words for their feelings. What do characters express without words, in "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush"? What would they say if they had words--can you paraphrase what they are saying? Why do you think Virginia Hamilton gave them gestures instead of words?

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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