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?
Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the environment of Harlem during this era. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. What was Harlem? Who settled it originally and when did it become a predominantly African American borough?
2. How does Harlem of today differ from the Harlem at the time of the novel? How do you think this novel would be different if set in modern-day Harlem?
3. How does the setting of Harlem inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.
There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. 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. Trace the development of the redemption theme. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how this theme impacts the lives of two characters.
2. Trace the development of the theme of addiction. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the how addiction manifests in character personalities and in the physical setting.
3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is important to the novel's plot.
Chapter 15, "Enter Marty" introduces a new dimension to Essie and Laura's ministry. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Does it surprise you that a white man is the power behind "the throne" in Harlem in this time period? Explain. Explain the term "the throne" and the irony involved.
2. Why do you think the "Negroes" (the term for Blacks in that era) put up with a white man running the show on their turf? Do you think they eventually change that?
3. Who do you think runs the "throne" in Harlem now? Is the power in white or black hands or both? Or some other?
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