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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mattie carry as she and Butch walk to the field?
(a) Bucket
(b) Machete
(c) Knapsack
(d) Purse

2. Who is the author of the Opening Poem?
(a) Sylvia Plath
(b) Shel Silverstein
(c) Gloria Naylor
(d) Langston Hughes

3. Who is the only boy Mattie's father approves of spending time with Mattie?
(a) Fred Wilson
(b) Marlon Dupree
(c) Jay Wilkes
(d) Jimmy Jones

4. What is the demographic of the area where Brewster Place is located?
(a) Segregated, multi-racial
(b) All Hispanic
(c) All black
(d) All white

5. What does Basil tell Mattie?
(a) He needs money
(b) He has killed a man
(c) He needs a ride home
(d) The store is out of strawberries

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mattie's mother stop Mattie's father's rage?

2. What season is it when Mattie Michael moves into Brewster Place?

3. About what does Mattie secretly wonder?

4. Why is Mattie angry at Miss Eva?

5. What does the attorney advise Mattie regarding Basil's bail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What life lessons is the author imparting through Mattie, Miss Eva and Etta at this point of the story?

2. What is the sadness of Mattie's life as far as Basil, the man, is concerned?

3. Ciel has so much love to give but she places it in the hands of the wrong man. Explain Ciel's unfortunate choices while looking for love.

4. How is Mattie's character just like her father as she grows up?

5. What is the reason the author uses these literary elements throughout the book?

6. How are Mattie and Ciel's lives the same? How are they different?

7. The theme of baptism is an important one in the book. Explain why the rain that starts on the day of Ben's funeral is so significant.

8. How is it that Kiswana cannot see the blood on the bricks, only rain water?

9. According to the author, what happens when a street dies?

10. What is Mattie's legacy to generations of women who will come after her?

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