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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is Laura unhappy about Birdie Lee?
2. What does Essie say to Laura?
3. Who sees Laura stabbing Buddy?
4. What does Marietta do at the church?
5. Why is Buddy angry with Laura?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Money plays a large role in the choices the major characters make. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Go through and cite at least six places where money is discussed. Briefly state the situation, who is involved and the decisions made.
2. Some people say that "money is the root of all evil" and others say that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Which saying do you think is applicable in this book? Why? Give examples.
3. Can money also be the root of much that is good? Give examples in the book where that idea seems true.
4. What are your conclusions about the role money plays in this book?
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