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 the first thing Janie does once Joe is dead?

2. What is the first thing Nanny thinks Janie is upset about when Janie comes to visit her in Chapter 3?

3. What is the name of the family Nanny works for?

4. What is an alternate name for Eatonville?

5. What does Janie like about the store?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Janie alone in the store in Chapter 10?

2. How is death personified in Chapter 8?

3. What is Joe's opinion of Eatonville when he first arrives?

4. Describe the scene that occurs in the store in Chapter 7.

5. Describe Logan as Janie sees him.

6. Why did Joe not allow Janie to play games like checkers?

7. How do the men in Eatonville view women?

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

9. How do the people of Eatonville view Joe Starks?

10. What does Janie do immediately after Joe dies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The second paragraph of the novel reads, "Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly." Discuss the significance of memory throughout the novel and how this theme is present throughout Janie's story.

Essay Topic 3

What impact does the colloquial dialect used in the novel have on the story and how readers relate to the characters? Discuss both the negative and positive effects that the characters' manner of speaking has the development of key elements of the story (e.g. characterization, setting, plot, themes, etc.).

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