Wench Test | Final 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 does Drayle want to send to the institution in #174?

2. Why does Mawu want Glory to "fix" her?

3. Who is Sweet's oldest daughter who has died?

4. What is the name of the town which is the destination of the summer trips?

5. What is the profession of the father of the girl in #99?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sweet's death so bittersweet for the women?

2. What is the most obvious reason that Lizzie does not run away from Drayle at the end of the story?

3. What is different for Lizzie during the last trip to the Tawawa House?

4. What frightens Lizzie about the prospect that Drayle could free Philip?

5. How does Drayle show that, while favorites of his, Lizzie and Philip are not above being punished and reminded of their slave status in life?

6. Where has Reenie escaped to and what keeps Lizzie from running away immediately?

7. How does Reenie's behavior show that her life has changed dramatically for the worse in the time since she saw the other women last Summer?

8. What is the ultimate decision Lizzie makes regarding her pregnancy and her ultimate goal?

9. Why does Lizzie think that Drayle freed Philip for her sake?

10. Why has Mawu waited a year in the cabin in the woods after running away from her master?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does the author use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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

WENCH is a classic example of historical fiction. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

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