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. Who does Janie say is the only person Joe ever listened to?

2. Who is elected mayor of Eatonville?

3. What does Joe say someone like Janie is "made to do"?

4. What does Janie find difficult about tending the store?

5. Why does Joe buy the mule?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Janie do immediately after Joe dies?

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

3. What events in Chapter 4 reveal a change in Janie and Logan's marriage?

4. What are some of the restrictions Jody places on Janie?

5. How does Pheoby react to Janie's story at the end of the novel?

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

7. What are the major differences between Joe Starks and Logan Killicks?

8. What do the workers in the Everglades do for fun?

9. What does Janie tell Pheoby about marriage in Chapter 12?

10. Describe Logan as Janie sees him.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the title Their Eyes Were Watching God? What does this title reveal about Janie's journey toward self-realization? Is the title a statement about Janie or other characters? Does the title imply a sense of waiting or searching? How?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the frame story (a story within a story) is used in the novel. How is it an effective storytelling tool? How does it resemble folklore or folktales? In what way can the reader better understand the story through Janie's eyes because the story is told in this way?

Essay Topic 3

It can be said that Their Eyes Were Watching God captures the importance of oral history and the oral tradition in African American culture. What elements of the story support this?

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