The Help Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kathryn Stockett
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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. Why does Celia Foote refuse to tell her husband she has hired a maid in chapter 3?

2. Why does Mr. Leefolt tell Mae Mobley she will not go to college in chapter 2?

3. What one housekeeping skill is Celia Foote very bad at, as revealed in chapter 3?

4. Who is Patricia van Devender?

5. What does Aibileen tell Skeeter in chapter 11 her grandmother did for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Treelore hoping to do before his death? How did Aibileen feel about this?

2. Who does Aibileen go to work for at the beginning of the novel? What happened just a few months before she accepted this job?

3. How does the first interview between Skeeter and Aibileen go? What does Skeeter think will happen next?

4. What does Aibileen ask of Skeeter during their sixth session together working on Skeeter's book?

5. What letter does Skeeter receive in chapter 6 that inspires her to begin searching for a writing job and to find unique topics to write about?

6. What rules did Minny's mother tell her about working for a white woman? Which rule does Minny constantly break?

7. What does Celia spend most of her days doing? What is the result?

8. Who sets up the first date between Stuart Whitworth and Skeeter? How does it go?

9. How did Minny Jackson get an interview with Celia Foote? What happens at the interview?

10. Who is Skeeter Phelan? How does she know Hilly Holbrook? What did Hilly threaten to do in the beginning of chapter 5 to Skeeter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the book Skeeter and Aibileen wrote reflect the time period in which the novel is written? How does the writer use actual historical events to reflect the racial tension in Jackson during the time in which the book is set and how these events impacted the lives of the main characters of this book? What might a book like The Help have impacted the lives of those really living in Jackson Mississippi during this time period? What might have been the consequences to a maid like Aibileen? What consequence does Aibileen suffer? How does the book help Aibileen have the courage and the power to stand up to Hilly? What does this say about the changes that take place in the novel for Aibileen and the other maids in Jackson?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Minny think Celia is crazy? What does Celia spend her days doing? How is this different from the behavior of the other women Minny has worked for? Why does Celia escape into the second floor of her home several times a day? What does Minny think she is doing up there? What is Celia really doing up there? What is the cause of Celia's odd behaviors? Why do none of the women in Jackson accept Celia into their social circle? What does Celia believe the problem is? How does she go about fixing it? What happens? What story does Minny tell Celia that appears to help her understand the women of Jackson better?

Essay Topic 3

What does Skeeter learn about the publication of her book at the end of the novel? How do Aibileen and Minny feel when they learn the book will be published? What decision does Minny make that she hopes will guarantee no one learns that the book was written about Jackson by maids living in Jackson? How does this place Minny in danger? Why does Aibileen think Minny made this decision? What are the sales like when the book first comes out? What changes this? What does Hilly think of the book? What does she tell all her friends about the book? What changes Hilly's mind about her determination to prove it was written in and about Jackson? Why does Hilly threaten to sue Skeeter?

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