Their Eyes Were Watching God Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Janie want to marry Tea Cake?

2. What is Tea Cake's job?

3. How does Tea Cake intend to win Janie's money back?

4. Why don't the police make many arrests when the workers get drunk in town?

5. What does Tea Cake do when he returns to the store that melts Janie's decided coldness toward him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.).

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What does the novel reveal about the perceptions of blacks about whites, and vice versa, during the time in which the novel is set? Is there a message underlying the interaction between races? Does there seem to be a struggle on the part of certain characters to change how blacks are viewed in society? Use specific examples from the novel to support your answer.

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