Their Eyes Were Watching God Test | Mid-Book 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 Tea Cake's given name?

2. Where is Tea Cake from?

3. What does Janie like about the store?

4. What song is played at Joe's funeral?

5. Where is Joe Starks from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nanny's reaction, in Chapter 3, to hearing that Janie is unhappy.

2. Explain how Janie earns the name "Alphabet."

3. What are the circumstances surrounding Joe's death?

4. Describe Jody's appearance in Chapter 7.

5. Why do the other children make fun of Janie and refuse to play with her?

6. What are some of the reasons Nanny says that Janie should feel lucky to be married to Logan?

7. What does Janie say to Joe as he is dying?

8. Describe how Janie behaves after Joe's death.

9. How does Logan seem to feel about the possibility of Janie leaving him?

10. How does Janie initially feel about Joe's getting old?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the foreshadowing in the novel. What events or passages indicate that something important will happen later in the novel? What themes are presented briefly only to be fully expanded on by future events?

Essay Topic 2

Which characters in the novel are static? Which characters are dynamic? How do the two different types of characters contribute to the evolution of the story and its central themes?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss violence as a theme in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Is it shown in a positive or acceptable light? Explain how Janie's reaction to the violent situations she experiences reveal something about her character. Would the violence in the novel be acceptable today?

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