The Invention of Wings Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sue Monk Kidd
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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. For how long does Burke Williams stay when he first calls on Sarah in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812?

2. What is Nina's full name?

3. Where does Handful find in the pieces of her mother's story quilt in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812?

4. Where does Sarah attend a church service and become inspired to give her life to God after her betrothal to Burke Williams ends in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812?

5. Who oversees Sarah's studies in Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sarah learn to create a manumission document in Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805? What happens to this document?

2. What takes place during Burke Williams' first visit to the Grimke estate in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812?

3. What impressions does Denmark Vesey make on Handful and Mauma in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812?

4. How does the narrator describe Sarah's appearance in Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805? How is Sarah regarded by her parents?

5. What items from the Grimke household go missing in Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805? Who steals these items?

6. What does Mauma intend to do with the money she earns as a hired-out slave in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812? What does she tell Handful of her plans?

7. What does Sarah discover Handful doing when her family returns from their upcountry estate in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812? How does she respond?

8. What incident led to Sarah's speech impediment? What kind of speech impediment does Sarah have?

9. How has the friendship between Sarah and Handful evolved in the beginning of Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812?

10. How is the custom of slaves attending white churches described in Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805? Where did the slaves sit in church?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of Mrs. Mary Grimke in the novel. How old is Mrs. Grimke when her character is introduced? How many children does she have? What expectations does Mrs. Grimke have of her children? What expectations does Mrs. Grimke have of her slaves? Is Mrs. Grimke a likable character? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss Charlotte’s actions, objectives, and obstacles when she is arrested in Part 2, February 1811 – December 1812. Why does Charlotte refuse to move aside for the white woman? Who has encouraged this behavior? What obstacles does Charlotte face from her actions?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the courtship and marriage customs in the early 1800s. At what age were young women typically married at this time? How did marriage and courtship customs differ between the upper and lower classes? How did customs differ among the different regions of the country? How are these customs depicted in The Invention of Wings?

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