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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 in a letter Aibileen gives to Skeeter in chapter 27?
2. Who attracts a large amount of attention upon her arrival at the Benefit?
3. Who is the Benefit to benefit?
4. What does Skeeter push Stuart to tell her about his ex-fiancee in chapter 19 that causes some tension between them?
5. Why does Pascagoula tell Skeeter in chapter 19 that no one would work for her mother except her?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Skeeter feel it is important to change the location and names in the book she is writing?
2. How are most of the women at the Benefit dressed? How does Celia Foote stand out?
3. In chapter 22, it is Mae Mobley's birthday. What kind of cake does Aibileen want to make? Why? What kind does Elizabeth Leefolt insist on Aibileen making?
4. In chapter 24, Minny fights with a naked man in the Foote's backyard. Who is the man? Why is Minny fighting him? What happens?
5. What does Mrs. Stein tell Skeeter in chapter 27 about the deadline for the book? How does this change things?
6. Hilly Holbrook wins Minny's chocolate pie in the silent auction at the Benefit. Who bid on the pie for Hilly? Who does she think bid on it for her?
7. What begins to happen throughout town as people begin to read Skeeter's book?
8. What does Mrs. Stein ask Skeeter to add to the book in chapter 27? What does Skeeter ask Aibileen in order to help her with this?
9. What does Dr. Neal tell Skeeter in chapter 28 that her mother is suffering? What are her prospects?
10. Why does Celia threaten to leave her husband in chapter 26? How does Minny talk her out of it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following themes in an essay using quotes from the novel to support your conclusions:
3) Social Expectations
4) Ambition versus Fear.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Why does Skeeter make it Aibileen's job to ask other maids to help with their book? How many does Aibileen ask? How many initially agree to help? What causes the reaction Aibileen receives from the other maids? What does Aibileen tell the reader a white woman might do to a maid who speaks out about their treatment in a private home? What impact could this situation cause to a maid and her family? Why does Aibileen not fear these consequences?
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