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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. As Laura is getting into her robes, who does she want to come see her?
2. Who isn't around as much as he used to be?
3. Upon what does Marietta muse?
4. What has Birdie Lee done?
5. What does Buddy shout out?
Essay Topic 1
This book was written during a literary movement called the "Harlem Renaissance." It is an important movement in the United States, not just in literature, but in many other areas. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Research the movement known as the "Harlem Renaissance" (also known as the Black Literary Renaissance and the New Negro Movement) and give a synopsis of what it is and what areas it encompassed.
2. How does this movement impact the lives of African-Americans at this time? Of other Blacks in other countries? Of Whites?
3. Discuss some of the accomplishments of this movement in the literary field and in at least three other areas of the social/political environment.
Essay Topic 2
Street Corner preaching is a tradition that started at the time of Christ and still continues to be done in many places both in the United States and other countries. Essie and Laura begin their ministry as street-corner preachers. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. How would you define street-corner preaching? Do Essie and Laura fit your definition?
2. What are possible advantages and disadvantages of street-corner preaching? Was Essie and Laura's method of street-corner preaching effective?
3. Besides religion, what other ways is street-corner preaching used today? Would you stop and listen to a street-corner preacher? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The theme of morality is woven throughout this novel and is an integral part of understanding both the characters and the plot. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. How would you define morality as it is used in this novel?
2. Do all the characters have the same definition of morality? How do the characters differ in the way they perceive morality and in how they perceive themselves as moral people?
3. How important is it to Essie, Laura and Buddy that they are perceived as moral people? Give examples to illustrate each person's belief. How important is it to each of those characters that they are actually moral people? Is there a discrepancy? Why do you think this is?
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