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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. Who came running out with his gun during the conflict with Mr. Henry in Part IV?
2. Claudia says of the girls who come from places like Mobile and Aiken that they acquire skills in order to get rid of “the funkiness” of what?
3. Which of the prostitutes in town does Mrs. MacTeer say is a “ruined” woman?
4. Frieda slams her books on whose head when she and Claudia encounter schoolboys taunting Pecola in Part III?
5. Who is the gym teacher that Maureen describes as bow-legged in Part III?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the fresh cobbler come to be spilled in “Spring”? Who spills it?
2. What are Pauline Breedlove’s feelings about motherhood, according to the narrator in “See Mother…”?
3. How does the narrator describe her father’s face in the opening of “Winter”? What imagery is used?
4. To whom do Claudia and Frieda turn in order to obtain whiskey in “Spring”? Why?
5. How does the narrator distinguish the difference between “colored girls” and “black girls” in “See the Cat…”?
6. How are Pauline Williams’s early years described in “See Mother…”?
7. How does the narrator describe the blooming flowers and twigs in the opening of “Spring”?
8. How does Mrs. Breedlove respond when she finds the spilled cobbler in “Spring”?
9. What does Mr. Henry tell Claudia and Frieda about his unexpected guests in Part III? What do the girls do?
10. Why does Frieda tell Claudia has happened with Mr. Henry in the beginning of Part IV?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the character of Claudia MacTeer as the narrator of much of the novel. How old is Claudia in the opening of the narrative? Do you like this character? Why or why not? How does Claudia change in the course of the story?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the feelings of guilt and shame that Frieda experiences after her encounter with Mr. Henry. Do you think that Frieda’s parents, friends, or other adults could have made it easier for Frieda by telling her that it wasn’t her fault? Why do you believe the adults did not do this?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of “ugliness” in the novel. As opposed to “beauty,” how is ugliness defined by the narrator? What do you view “ugliness” as? How is ugliness portrayed by the Breedlove family?
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