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. What is the name of the steamship on which Drayle, Philip and Lizzie travel?

2. What does Fran want to do about Nate and Rabbit?

3. Glory gives Lizzie pamphlets on __________________.

4. What does Lizzie do in hopes of terminating her pregnancy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Lizzie reminded of watching a dog die while lying in the sun after Philip is punished by Drayle?

2. How does the absence of Sweet, Reenie and Mawu alter Lizzie's feelings about Drayle?

3. What is Reenie's position on aging and freedom?

4. Does the author bring closure to Lizzie's story at the end of the novel?

5. What spiritual connection does Mawu feel for Lizzie?

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

7. Why does religion play such a big part in the lives and deaths of the slaves?

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

9. 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?

10. How has Lizzie romanticized her position in the Drayle household throughout the novel?

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 racial prejudice. Identify at least two instances of prejudice in the book and then cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of black women in the American South in the mid-19th century. What precedents did these women feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? How did their lives compare to black women living in the North during the same time period?

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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