Wench Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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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 does Drayle do that angers Fran?

2. Who is the white woman who promises to show the slaves the way to the resort for freed blacks?

3. What nickname is given to Lizzie's daughter?

4. Who is the only one of the slaves who can read and write?

5. Who makes Lizzie uncomfortable when she is dancing with Drayle?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the slave women brought to the Ohio resort and what type of status do they have in Ohio and back on their plantations?

2. What are two possible reasons for why Fran steals Lizzie's children from her?

3. How does Drayle treat Fran regarding his relationship with Lizzie and why does Fran have no recourse for his actions?

4. What is Drayle's demeanor in approaching Lizzie in a sexual relationship?

5. Why is Fran's relationship with Lizzie's children especially hurtful to Lizzie?

6. Explain what the author means by "Reenie's look"?

7. How does the dinner party between the white men and their slave women show how the slaves are viewed by freed blacks?

8. Why does Mawu want to escape regardless of the cost and what reasons would the other women slaves at the resort have for joining her?

9. What was Drayle's crime in seducing Lizzie and what was the most probable reason for his slow manner?

10. Why does Fran's behavior fluctuate between listlessness and determination throughout the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two instances of struggle in the book and then cite examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Dolen Perkins-Valdez' use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author uses them where she does.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the rampant racial bigotry in the South in the mid-19th century. What were some of the spoken and unspoken rules of behavior that people like Lizzie and the other slaves had to endure? How did bigotry ruin families and communities? What are some of the scars--physical and emotional--resulting from racial prejudice during this period?

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