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. How does Tree characterize the man on the stoop?

2. What makes the baby happy?

3. Who does Tree find in her little room?

4. What makes M'Vy believe Tree when she says that Dab is sick?

5. Who showed up by six p.m.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Tree transported to?

2. What is Tree as a cook?

3. How does Tree know anything about Brother Rush?

4. How is Brother Rush's death described?

5. Describe the room in which Tree discovers Brother Rush.

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

7. How does the narrator describe the atmosphere in Tree's house?

8. How is Dab described?

9. What happens to Tree when she is cooking?

10. Describe the first time Tree sees Brother Rush.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate your own reading of "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush" -- did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 2

Many stories of people living in poor circumstances are centered on the possibility that one day they'll live better lives, especially when children are involved, since everyone wants to think that children raised in poverty will be better taken care of in the future. What role does this storyline play in "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush"? What hope do we have for Tree's future, and how does the story encourage us to believe that her future will be better than the present?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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