The Color Purple Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What is the name of the ship Nettie sails to Olinla?

2. What is the name of Billy’s sister, Millie’s daughter?

3. What is the “big surprise” Shug reveals at Christmas?

4. What is the name of the shop Celie opens in Memphis?

5. Why does Billy try to kick Sofia while she is watching him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did Pa marry after Celie and Nettie moved out, and what does this suggest about his personality?

2. How does Pa react when Celie tells him that she knows the truth about her birth parents?

3. Why was Shug so mean to Celie when she first moved in?

4. Where are Celie’s parents buried, and what marks their headstones?

5. Who is Germaine, and how does Celie feel about him?

6. How does Shug picture God?

7. What is the “surprise” that Shug brings home for the family at Christmas, and how does Mr. react?

8. What is Nettie’s first impression of the Senegalese people she meets during her travels?

9. Who are Nettie and Celie’s birth parents?

10. How do Tashi’s parents feel about her befriending Olivia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is God represented in the novel? Why is it significant that Celie writes letters to him, and then abruptly stops? How are Celie and Shug’s views of God different? How do their views ultimately relate back to the novel’s title? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Growing up, both Shug and Celie were told that they would amount to nothing: Celie was told she was ugly and Shug was told she was evil. How do you see these messages affecting the two women as they matured into adulthood? How did these messages ultimately bring the two women together? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Celie’s relationship with Shug. How does it grow and change over the course of the novel? Would you consider them more like sisters or lovers? Why? What is the difference between these two types of relationships? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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