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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 does Chicken-Crow-For-Day do?
2. Who has not yet bought any holy water?
3. What does the clerk give Essie when she pays off the Bible?
4. What does Essie think Laura should be thinking?
5. Who does Laura meet as she is closing the church one night?
Short Essay Questions
1. Do you think Essie's journey towards spiritual enlightenment is helped or hindered by being thrown into jail?
2. What do you think is the significance of Chapter 26's title, "Moon Over Harlem"?
3. How does previous foreshadowing play out in Chapter 30?
4. What do you think is the significance of the title to Chapter 29, "Apple of Evil"?
5. What do you think one of the main themes might be just based upon the differences in the two major characters as shown in this opening chapter?
6. How do you think the classic Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare seems to be a good metaphor for what is happening in Essie and Laura's life?
7. How is the title of Chapter 34 related to the New Testament?
8. What do you think is the significance of Chapter 11's title "Ethiopian Eden"?
9. What do you think might be the significance of the title "Palm Sunday," of Chapter 1?
10. How is the title of Chapter 28 also relevant in the relationship between Laura and Essie?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Chapter 12, "Dyed in the Wool" is a very significant theme in this novel. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Research and explain the phrase "dyed in the wool." Where did it come from? What century? What was its original meaning? What has it come to mean now as an aphorism?
2. How does this phrase describe Essie at the beginning of the book? Is it still applicable to her at the end? Explain with examples.
3. How does this phrase describe Laura at the beginning of the book? Is it still applicable to her at the end? Explain with examples.
4. How can the phrase "dyed in the wool" be either a positive characteristic of someone or a negative? Give a couple examples from your own life.
Essay Topic 2
In many ways, Laura is a much more complex character than Essie. She exhibits a wider range of emotions and makes more paradoxical choices. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Going through the book, find various emotions which Laura expresses and discuss several of them and their causes and resolutions.
2. What emotions do you think ultimately leads to Laura's downfall? What emotions do you see in her that could have turned her from the choices she makes and her attendant downfall?
3. Discuss several of Essie's predominant emotions and the causes and how they affect her choices.
4. Essie seems far simpler than Laura: Do you think Essie's simpler personality helps her to stay focused on spiritual goals? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The author continually foreshadows future events in earlier chapters. 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. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Is it necessary? Why do you think this author chooses to use a great deal of foreshadowing? Do you think he includes too much foreshadowing? Or not enough? Explain.
2. Choose two major events that occur near the end of the book and trace how those events have been foreshadowed. Was the foreshadowing successful? Was it necessary? If there had been no foreshadowing, would you have responded differently to the events?
3. Foreshadowing seldom is as clear in "real" life as in novels. Discuss the idea that much of life is foreshadowed using specific examples from your own or others' lives.
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