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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. About what does CJ seem surprised?
2. How does Laura see Buddy as he is coming out of the shower?
3. How is Marietta described?
4. Why is Buddy angry with Laura?
5. What sustains Essie in the jail cell?
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
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 3
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.
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