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The Color Purple

Alice Walker

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1. Alphonso never revealed that Celie and Nettie were not his biological children because:

2. What drug does Grady enjoy?

3. Why is a road being built through the Olinka village?

4. Who tries to convince the warden to release Sophia?

5. Why do Nettie and her family return to the United States?

6. How does Nettie end up at Mr. ______’s house?

7. Why does Harpo gain weight?

8. In what context is the color purple mentioned in the novel?

9. What is Celie’s daughter’s name?

10. Why did Albert (Mr. ---______) never marry Shug?

11. Why does Sofia get into trouble with the mayor?

12. Why does Corrine suspect that Samuel and Nettie once had an affair?

13. What painful process does Tashi undergo while still in Africa?

14. Which of Nettie’s travel destinations impresses her because of its high black culture?

15. What is Squeak’s real name?

16. What does Celie name her sewing business?

17. How does Shug suggest Celie reimagine God?

18. Why does Celie move from Tennessee to Georgia at the end of the novel?

19. What is Shug’s career?

20. When does Shug believe a woman stops being a virgin?

21. What is Miss Millie’s daughter’s name?

22. How does Celie persuade Shug to stay a little longer at Mr. ______’s house?

23. Who is Suzie Q?

24. Who convinces Mr. ______ that Celie needs new clothes?

25. At the end of the novel, Celie decides that although she is older, she feels:

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Celie's Abuse

by sprinze, April 16, 2014

I think it's important to specify that her abuse was psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual. Rape is one of the most traumatic crimes committed and I'm certain it contributed to her sense of powerlessness and low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness and her revulsion towards sex. Both her husband and her father raped her repeatedly. It's important.

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Shug and Celie

by sprinze, April 16, 2014

There's no note of sexuality here, which is also important. Celie was raped repeatedly by Mr., her husband, and her step-father. She grew numb to it, which can happen with repeated abuse especially when it happens so often. The only sex she ever enjoyed was the completely consensual and compassionate time she shared with Shug. That makes Celie possibly gay/lesbian/bisexual/queer, or even asexual because she wasn't actually concerned about the act but more the emotional attachment and connection with Shug. Without any other positive sexual ex... Read more

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