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. Who is Drayle's wife?

2. What does Drayle do that angers Fran?

3. Drayle bribes Lizzie with _______________ to gain increasing access to her physically.

4. Which one of the slave women is not happy about the event with the masters?

5. Why does Lizzie do everything that Drayle insists on sexually while she is pregnant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How important are the physical looks of Lizzie's children in Fran's world?

3. What is Mawu's life like with her master, Tip, on the plantation?

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

5. In what ways do the white men show their disrespect for the slave women at the dinner party?

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

7. How would Fran's selling Lizzie hurt Drayle and what point would Fran be making by doing this?

8. Explain how the author implies that Drayle is God to Lizzie.

9. What are the circumstances in which Drayle first approaches Lizzie sexually?

10. What is the setting for the story and who are the six slaves who appear as the story begins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author shows more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples of loss in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

Essay Topic 2

What is the greatest lesson Lizzie learns from Mawu? Is it that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Lizzie always recall about her experiences during her time with Mawu?

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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