Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Laura say about Essie that is hurtful?
2. What plan do Laura and Buddy devise?
3. About what is Essie worried?
4. What does Laura want from Essie the next morning?
5. What does Laura want to do with the money?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 21, narration expounds on what it means to go "North" to Southern Negroes; summarize narrations statements.
2. What is ironic about the name of the man Laura meets in Chapter 14?
3. How do you think Marietta feels having been raised in the rural South to arrive in Harlem and find an older, very attractive man flirting with her?
4. How does Laura seem to have her moment of transformation as she comes to jail and confronts Essie?
5. Do you think Essie is turning a blind eye to Laura giving out "lucky texts" from the pulpit, or do you think she really believes Laura is just trying to give the congregation hope?
6. What two things are mentioned that have already been mentioned in previous chapters and what might be the significance of their being mentioned again?
7. What rationale does Laura use to try to convince Essie to start a church with her and does it seem a reasonable rationale?
8. Why is it ironic that Laura is trying to convince Essie to do something positive with her life?
9. What do you think CJ's initial motives are in trying to get Marietta to make love with him and why do you think that changes?
10. The theme of greed is woven throughout the entire book. How is the theme is clearly introduced in Chapter 9?
Throughout the novel, Essie's search for spiritual fulfillment is contrasted to Laura's quest for physical/material gratification. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Compare and contrast the concepts of spiritual fulfillment versus physical/material gratification using both examples from the book and in your own experience.
2. Describe fully Essie's search for spiritual fulfillment, using specific examples from the novel. Do you think she is successful by the end of the novel?
3. Describe fully Laura's search for physical/material gratification, using specific examples from the novel. Do you think she is successful by the end of the novel?
In addition to much symbolism in this novel, there are also a number of metaphors. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Define metaphor and symbolism and compare the two using specific examples both from the book and other sources. Which do you feel is more effective? Which seems better at expressing the idea of an abstract concept? Why would you use one over the other--give specific examples.
2. For what do you think the mural of the Garden of Eden that is described in chapter 11 is a metaphor? Explain using specific examples. Does the metaphor work for you?
3. Write a real or hypothetical situation in your personal experience that includes one or more abstract concepts and then create a metaphor to express that experience. Next, choose a way to use symbolism in the telling of the experience. Which way seems more effective at portraying the experience?
Much of the imagery in this book is religious in origin; none more so than the Garden of Eden imagery. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Research the story of the Garden of Eden and give a very brief synopsis and interpretation of the story as told in Genesis.
2. Go through the book and cite all the images that are related to the Garden of Eden. Explain what the image is; how it is related to the Garden of Eden; and any symbolism it may represent.
3. Several characters at various times play the role of the serpent or "tempter." Find several instances when a character is fulfilling the role of tempter (or temptress) and discuss what is happening, why, and the resolution.
4. How does the ending of the book offer two different versions for the Garden of Eden? (i.e. one character is thrown out of the Garden, the other chooses to continue to cultivate the garden to create an even lovelier paradise). Was this ending inevitable? Where could things have changed for Laura so that she could have remained in the Garden?
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