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The Color Purple
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. Alphonso never revealed that Celie and Nettie were not his biological children because:
He did not want to hurt them
He thought he was indeed their father
He wanted their inheritance rights
He promised their mother he would never reveal the truth
. What drug does Grady enjoy?
. Why is a road being built through the Olinka village?
Because an English rubber plantation is being built
To make it easier for the Olinka villagers to travel to a nearby city
Because new government housing is being built
Because the previous road was washed out in a flood
. Who tries to convince the warden to release Sophia?
. Why do Nettie and her family return to the United States?
They are exiled by the government in Africa
Nettie has learned about their inheritance
Nettie and Samuel feel discouraged because they have made little progress in their missionary work
Adam and Tashi are not permitted to marry in Africa
. How does Nettie end up at Mr. ______’s house?
She runs away from Alphonso’s house
Mr. ______ kidnaps her
Celie convinces her to come
Nettie gets lost and stumbles upon Celie in her yard
. Why does Harpo gain weight?
He develops a sweet tooth and overeats
His medicine has a side effect of weight gain
He wants to get bigger so he can beat up Sofia
He drinks too much at his new club
. In what context is the color purple mentioned in the novel?
It is the color of Squeak’s stage dress
Shug tells Celie that the color purple signifies strength and power
Celie writes that the color purple is one of God’s creations and wonders where it comes from
Celie uses only purple thread in her clothing business
. What is Celie’s daughter’s name?
. Why did Albert (Mr. ---______) never marry Shug?
His true love was for another woman
Shug was unable to bear children
Albert’s family thought Shug was trash
Shug fled town to pursue a singing career
. Why does Sofia get into trouble with the mayor?
She pickets outside city hall
She sasses the mayor’s wife
The mayor mistakes Sofia for a well-known criminal
She is caught shoplifting food for her family
. Why does Corrine suspect that Samuel and Nettie once had an affair?
Corrine and Samuel’s adopted children closely resemble Nettie
Samuel is always happy around Nettie
Samuel has been secretive ever since Nettie moved in
Nettie seems inordinately attached to Corrine’s children
. What painful process does Tashi undergo while still in Africa?
She has a lip plate implanted in her lower lip
She gets an abdominal tattoo that represents her ancestry
She undergoes the process of female circumcision
She and Olivia go through a ceremony to become blood sisters
. Which of Nettie’s travel destinations impresses her because of its high black culture?
The Olinka village
. What is Squeak’s real name?
. What does Celie name her sewing business?
The Quilt Hut
Sewing by Celie
. How does Shug suggest Celie reimagine God?
As a white, bearded man
As a black, bearded man
As the color purple
As an “it”
. Why does Celie move from Tennessee to Georgia at the end of the novel?
To start her sewing business
Shug wants her out of the house
Alphonso dies so she finally inherits her house
The music is better in Georgia
. What is Shug’s career?
. When does Shug believe a woman stops being a virgin?
The first time she has an orgasm
The first time she menstruates
The first time she has sex with a man
The day she turns fourteen
. What is Miss Millie’s daughter’s name?
. How does Celie persuade Shug to stay a little longer at Mr. ______’s house?
She offers to share her bed
She convinces Shug she is not totally cured of her illness
She threatens to rip Shug’s dress
She confesses that Mr. ______ beats her
. Who is Suzie Q?
Harpo and Sofia’s daughter
Shug and Grady’s daughter
Harpo and Squeak’s daughter
Celie and Mr. ______’s daughter
. Who convinces Mr. ______ that Celie needs new clothes?
His sister, Kate
His son, Harpo
His lover, Shug
His wife, Celie
. At the end of the novel, Celie decides that although she is older, she feels:
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