|MULTIPLE CHOICE STUDY/QUIZ QUESTIONS
The Color Purple
1. To whom does Celie address her letters?
B. Her dead mother
2. What does Celie's father mean when he says, "You gonna do what your mammy
A. Celie's father means Celie will take care of her sister.
B. Celie's father means that Celie will go to school.
C. Celie's father means it is now Celie who will do the cooking and cleaning.
D. Celie's father means he will have sex with Celie.
3. What does Celie mean when she says she's "big"?
A. Celie means she is taller than her friends.
B. Celie means she is pregnant.
C. Celie means she is growing older.
D. Celie means she is overweight.
4. How many times has Celie given birth? Who is the father?
A. She has four children by the white man for whom her father works.
B. She has three children by three different fathers.
C. She has two children by her father.
D. She has one child by the school teacher.
5. What does Celie believe has happend to her babies?
A. Celie believes her father killed both babies.
B. Celie believes her father sold both babies.
C. Celie believes her father killed the first baby and sold the second.
D. Celie believes God took both babies.
6. Who is Mr. ____?
A. Mr. ____ is the preacher at Nettie's church.
B. Mr. ____ is a man from church who is interested in marrying Nettie.
C. Mr. ____ is the man who bought Celie's babies.
D. Mr. ____ is the man who visits Celie on Sundays.
7. Celie's father refuses to let Nettie marry Mr. ____ but says he can marry Celie. How
does Celie's father describe her to Mr. _______?
A. He says she is ugly, dumb, and unable to have any more children. He also says
she is a hard worker and good with children.
B. He says she has able hips to help her bear children and do heavy labor. He also
says she can sing and make a blueberry pie better than any he's tasted.
C. He says she is quiet and will never talk back. He also says she doesn't need much
to eat and can get by with only two dresses.
D. He says she is well educated and a good Christian. He also says she keeps a clean
house, can care for farm animals, and doesn't need many material items.
8. Why do both Nettie and Celie work so hard to become educated?
A. Both girls are very competitive for the attention of their father and work hard to
make him proud.
B. Both girls are the first in their family to be allowed to attend school and are
honored to have this opportunity.
C. Both girls aspire to open their own school house when they are older.
D. Both girls understand they will have to be smart to get away from the life they are
9. What does Celie discover about her daughter?
A. Celie discovers her daughter is still alive.
B. Celie discovers her daughter is being raised by a man and his wife who run the
general store in Monticello.
C. Celie discovers her daughter is in a orphanage in Georgia.
D. Celie discovers her daughter is buried in the local cemetery.
10. When Mr. ____ tells Celie that Nettie must leave their house, what does Celie give to
Nettie? What does Nettie promise Celie she will do?
A. Celie gives her sister the name of the Reverend who has Celie's daughter, and
Nettie promises to write letters to Celie.
B. She gives her sister an old Bible to help her find her way, and in return Nettie
promises to never abandon her faith.
C. Celie gives her sister a quilt she made from scraps of their old dresses and in
return Nettie promises to send money to Celie to help her run away from Mr.
D. She gives her sister a photograph of the two of them, and in return Nettie promises
to visit at least twice a year.
11. Who is Shug Avery?
A. She is a singer who travels the area performing. Mr. ______'s sisters allude to a
romantic relationship between Mr. ________ and Shug.
B. She is a school teacher who secretly continues to tutor Celie even though she is
already married. She knows Celie is smart and helps her to keep learning to one
day get away from Mr. _________.
C. She is Mr. _______'s sister who comes to stay with them for a while. Her
husband beat her and she ran away to the safety of her older brother.
D. She is the wife of the Reverend. She helps Celie adjust to her new life as the wife
of a selfish man and the mother of four children who hate her.
12. Who is Sofia?
A. The woman who is taking care of the son Celie's father took away from her after
he was born
B. The girl Harpo gets pregnant and later marries
C. The wife of the man who got Celie pregnant a third time
D. Mr. _______'s youngest daughter who has decided to love Celie as though she
were her mother
13. Harpo's father and Celie advise Harpo to beat his wife. What happens when he does
A. Sofia falls and has to be taken to the hospital.
B. Sofia leaves Harpo and their children to live with her sister.
C. Sofia fights back.
D. Sofia calls the police and has Harpo arrested.
14. Why is Celie jealous of Sofia?
A. Celie tells Sofia that she is jealous of her ability to fight back.
B. Celie is jealous of Sofia's natural beauty.
C. Celie is jealous because Sofia was able to keep all her children.
D. Celie tells Sofia that she is jealous of her relationsip with Harpo.
1. How does Shug end up staying with Mr. ________ and Sofia?
A. Shug's father dies and is buried near town. Mr. ______ tells her to stay with them
while she is recovering from her grief.
B. Mr. _______ and Harpo aren't making much money off their crops, so they ask
Shug to come stay with them and let them manage her career in local clubs.
C. Shug's car breaks down as she is passing through town. Since she is black, the
town mechanic tells her it will take a few weeks for him to fix it. Mr. _______
invites her to stay with them while she waits.
D. Mr. _______ goes to get her in his wagon one day after church when he hears she
2. When does Celie realize her husband's first name is Albert?
A. Celie never knew her husband's name was Albert until Nettie told her.
B. When Shug's father died, Celie heard the preacher call her husband "Albert."
C. Celie has never called her husband by his first name and is only vaguely aware
that Albert is his name until Shug calls him that.
D. Celie only learns her husband's first name after he dies.
3. How many children do Shug and Albert have together? Where are their children?
A. They have three children who live with Shug's mother.
B. They have two children who live with Shug's youngest sister.
C. They have five children, but three died. They live with Albert's sister.
D. They have four children who live with two different adoptive families.
4. What causes Mr. ________ and Celie to feel close to each other when Mr. _______'s
father comes to visit?
A. Mr. ________'s father compliments Celie on her fine job of raising the kids and
keeping a clean, well-run house, making the two feel proud.
B. Mr. ________'s father talks about how much he loved and misses his dead wife,
making Celie and her husband feel closer.
C. Mr. _______'s father says rude things about the way Celie looks and the how
stupid she is, and Mr. ______ stands up to defend her.
D. Mr. ________'s father says mean things about Shug; both Celie and her husband
get very defensive.
5. Why does Celie cherish the quilt she and Sofia are making?
A. Though she thought she was unable to get pregnant, Celie realizes she is pregnant,
and this quilt is for her new child.
B. Shug donated her yellow dress for pieces. Celie wants the quilt so she has a piece
of Shug near her always.
C. This is the first quilt Celie has ever made. She is proud of the intricate design she
and Sofia are making.
D. Celie knows Sofia will be leaving soon, and this is the one thing she will have to
remember her by.
6. What strange habit does Harpo suddenly develop?
A. He sleeps on the floor instead of in bed with Sofia.
B. He does the dishes and takes care of the children without being asked.
C. He shaves his head completely bald.
D. He eats all the time, stuffing himself as often as possible.
7. Why does Sofia leave Harpo? Where does Sofia go?
A. Sofia leaves Harpo because he is always trying to control her. She takes their
children and goes to live with her sisters.
B. Sofia leaves Harpo because he is always trying to beat her. She takes their
children and goes to live with her mother.
C. Sofia leaves Harpo because he is always running around with other women. She
takes their children and goes to live with her sisters.
D. Sofia leaves Harpo because he is not working or helping her around the house.
She takes their children and goes to live with her sisters.
8. What kind of a business does Harpo start, and where does he open it?
A. Harpo opens a jukejoint in his and Sofia's home.
B. Harpo opens a restaurant in his and Sofia's home.
C. Harpo opens a meat-packing operation in his and Sofia's home.
D. Harpo opens a brothel in his and Sofia's home.
9. Shug sings a song for Celie. What is the song about?
A. The song is about a woman who murders her husband and gets away with it.
B. The song is about a woman who is hurt a lot but is rewarded in the end.
C. The song is about a woman who runs away and finds a better life.
D. The song is about a woman who has a no-good man doing her wrong again.
10. Celie tells Shug that Mr. ___ will beat her when she is gone. When Shug asks why,
what is Celie's response?
A. Celie says it is because Mr. ___ is nicer when Shug is around.
B. Celie says it is because she is Celie, not Shug.
C. Celie says it is because Mr. ___ hates her.
D. Celie says it is because she is Celie, not Nettie.
11. Shug asks Celie if it bothers her when Albert and Shug sleep together. Celie tells her
she dosen't mind. What are Celie's true feelings toward Shug?
A. Celies loves Shug but resents Shug for sleeping with Albert each night.
B. Celie loves Shug and has developed an attraction to her. Celie is also jealous of
Albert's releationship with Shug.
C. Celie has no feelings for Shug but Celie is happy that Shug keeps Albert occupied.
D. Celie hates Shug and is jealous of all the attention Shug gets from the men at the
1. What does Mr. ___ tell Sofia about his children?
A. Mr. ___ tells Sofia the oldest girl is in jail, the youngest girl is working as a
missionary, and Bud is working at a dry-goods store.
B. Mr. ___ tells Sofia the two girls are pregnant and gone, and his son, Bud, is in and
out of jail.
C. Mr. ___ tells Sofia the two girls married, and his son, Bud, is in the Army.
D. Mr. ___ tells Sofia the oldest girl is pregnant with her third child, the youngest girl
is teaching school, and Bud is in college.
2. Who is Squeak, and how did she lose two of her teeth?
A. Squeak is Harpo's girlfriend. She was walking home from church when a white
man pulled up in a car. He tried to take advantage of her, but she fought back,
losing two teeth in the process.
B. Squeak is Harpo's girlfriend. She called Sofia a bitch and told her to stop dancing
with her man. She then slapped Sofia, and Sofia punched her back, knocking out
two of her teeth.
C. Squeak is Harpo's girlfriend. She was singing at the jukejoint one night when
Sofia hit her with a bottle, knocking out two of her teeth.
D. Squeak is Harpo's girlfriend. She talked back to Mr. _______ one night and he
hit her, knocking out two of her teeth.
3. Why is Sofia in jail?
A. Sofia attacks Squeak when she sees her hugging Harpo. Harpo pulls Sofia off his
girlfriend, and Sofia's date slugs Harpo for touching Sofia. The place gets so
rowdy, the police arrive and Sofia is arrested with a number of others.
B. The store owner tries to cheat Sofia when she is buying cloth. She argues with
him. He throws her out, keeping her money and not giving her any cloth. She
bangs on the locked door and yells and is arrested for disrupting the peace.
C. The mayor's wife asked Sofia if she would like to be her maid and Sofia said,
"Hell no." The mayor was offended and slapped Sofia. She punched the mayor
and was thrown in jail.
D. Sofia is in town and begins to feel sick. She cannot find a Colored bathroom, so
she sneaks into the white bathroom. On her way out, she gets caught by a shop
owner who immediately calls the police.
4. What is Sofia's job in jail? What is her attitude and mental state?
A. Sofia works in the prison laundry and fights with the other prisoners to protect
herself. However, she is starting to go crazy from all the stress and beatings.
B. Sofia works in the prison kitchen and is a model prisoner. However, she is
starting to go crazy and thinks about murder all the time.
C. Sofia works in the prison kitchen and has an occasional run-in with the warden.
She is happy to be in prison because it is less work than being at home.
D. Sofia works in the prison laundry and is a model prisoner. However, she is
starting to go crazy and thinks about murder all the time.
5. Who takes care of Sofia's children while she is in jail?
A. Squeak and Sofia's sisters take care of Sofia's children.
B. Miz Millie and Sofia's sisters take care of Sofia's children.
C. Squeak and Celie take care of Sofia's children.
D. Squeak and Harpo take care of Sofia's children.
6. What is the plan for getting Sofia out of jail?
A. To tell the warden Sofia is happy in jail and the way to really punish her is to
make her work for a white woman
B. To ask for parole for good behavior, pleading for Sofia to be back with her six
children and under house arrest
C. To get dynamite from the people building a nearby bridge and bust her out one
D. To try to make the case that Sofia is mentally unstable, getting her to a mental
hospital or back home in the care of her family
7. Why is Squeak sent to talk to the warden? What happens while Squeak is with him?
A. Squeak's father had done many favors for the warden, and Squeak thought this
would give her the upper hand. The warden gets angry and beats Squeak for
coming to him about Sofia.
B. Squeak is sent because she related to the warden. While she is there, the warden
C. Squeak had dated the warden a few years back. While she is there, she sleeps
with him again.
D. Squeak is sent because her mother is the warden's maid. While she is there, she
agrees that her mother will go without pay for six months if he releases Sofia.
8. For whom does Sofia work when she is released from jail?
A. She works for the owner of the dry-goods store where he makes her do
B. She works at the jukejoint making BBQ for customers.
C. She works at the church doing God's work and repenting for her sins.
D. She works for the same white woman who got her put in jail.
9. When Sofia finally gets to see her family after five years, how long does she get to visit
with them? Why?
A. Sofia gets to spend a week with her children because Miz Millie and her family
are going out of town for the Christmas holiday.
B. Sofia only gets to visit with her family for about fifteen minutes because Miz
Millie insists that she needs Sofia to ride with her.
C. Sofia gets to spend an afternoon with her children because Miz Millie is feeling
guilty about keeping Sofia from her children.
D. Sofia gets to spent the night with her children because Miz Millie is going out of
town for the night.
10. What about Shug's Christmas visit surprises Albert and Celie?
A. Shug has come to live with Albert and Celie, not just for a Christmas visit.
B. Shug brings Albert's children as a surprise for Albert and Celie.
C. Shug surprises Albert and Celie with a new car.
D. Shug surprises Albert and Celie with her new husband, Grady.
11. What happens between Shug and Celie when Albert and Grady take the car for a long
A. Shug and Celie fight because Celie is jealous of Grady.
B. Nothing happens between Shug and Celie even though they have strong feelings
for each other.
C. Shug kisses Celie and Celie tells Shug to never do that again.
D. Shug and Celie are intimate and fall asleep in the same bed.
12. What does Shug want Mary Agnes to do?
A. Shug wants Mary Agnes to go to college.
B. Shug wants Mary Agnes to sing in public.
C. Shug wants Mary Agnes to leave Harpo.
D. Shug wants Mary Agnes to have a baby to make Harpo happy.
1. What does Shug discover that Albert has been keeping from Celie?
A. Shug discovers Albert has been keeping the truth about Celie's children from her.
B. Shug discovers Albert has been keeping Celie's children from her.
C. Shug discovers Albert has been keeping Nettie's letters from Celie.
D. Shug discovers Albert has been keeping money from Celie's share of the jukejoint
2. What does Celie want to do when she discovers Mr.________ has been keeping her
letters from Nettie all these years?
A. She wants to kill him.
B. She wants to humiliate him in front of Shug.
C. She wants to leave him.
D. She wants to confront him.
3. Why didn't Albert marry Shug after she had his three children?
A. Shug told Albert she couldn't marry someone without any money, and the land he
had to live on wasn't going to be enough to support her in the lifestyle she wanted.
B. Shug made it clear she wanted no part in marrying Albert unless he wanted to
follow her around the country to support her singing career.
C. His father and brother told him Shug was trash since she had three kids and there
was no way of proving they were all Albert's.
D. His father wanted him to marry a good Christian and had already made
arrangements with Mary Agnes's family for him to marry her.
4. How do Celie and Shug get the rest of Nettie's letters without Albert's realizing they
A. Shug confronts Albert about the letter and refuses to speak to him ever again if he
doesn't come clean with Celie and let her have her letters.
B. Shug leaves the key for Celie while she takes Albert to the jukejoint for the night
to get drunk, thinking Celie should have enough time to read most of the letters.
C. Celie and Albert go to church while Shug goes through Albert's trunk to find the
letters, later hiding them under Celie's pillow for her to read that night.
D. Shug gets the keys to Albert's trunk. They steam open the envelopes, taking out
the letters and putting the empty envelopes back in the trunk.
5. Why did Albert keep Nettie's letters from Celie?
A. On the day Nettie left, Albert tried to kiss her and drag her into the woods. When
she was able to fight him off, he told her that she and Celie would never hear from
each other again.
B. Albert kept the letters from Celie because he knew she would sit and read them
when she should be working.
C. Albert wanted complete control over Celie, so he would not let her have contact
with anyone in her family.
D. Albert kept the letters from Celie because he didn't want Nettie to return to his
6. According to her letter, with whom does Nettie live?
A. Nettie lives with the Reverend Samuel, his wife Corrine, and their two children
(Olivia and Adam).
B. Nettie lives with her Aunt Mary, Uncle John, and their seven children.
C. Nettie lives with the school teacher and her husband.
D. Nettie lives with Odessa, Sofia's sister.
7. Where does Nettie go with the Reverend and his family? Why?
A. Nettie goes to India to care for Olivia and Adam.
B. Nettie goes to China to care for Olivia and Adam.
C. Nettie goes to England to care for Olivia and Adam.
D. Nettie goes to Africa to care for Olivia and Adam.
8. Nettie thanks her old school teacher for something. What?
A. Nettie is thankful her teacher taught her how to be patient with others when
helping them learn new information.
B. Nettie is thankful her teacher taught her how to read and write.
C. Nettie is thankful her teacher taught her how to understand money and how to
manage what she has to survive.
D. Nettie is thankful her teacher taught her how to learn on her own and helped foster
in her a desire for learning.
9. What does Celie discover about the two children she had with her father?
A. Celie discovers her children are living in an orphanage outside of town.
B. Celie discovers her children are dead.
C. Celie discovers her children are living with their father's aunt.
D. Celie discovers her children are alive and have been adopted by Samuel and
10. Why is Nettie so certain that their missionary work will be successful?
A. Nettie is certain they will succeed in their missionary work because they are black
people going to Africa, working together to uplift black people everywhere.
B. Nettie is certain they will succeed in their missionary work because God will lead
C. Nettie is certain they will succeed in their missionary work because they have love
in their hearts.
D. Nettie is certain they will succeed in their missionary work because they are all
11. What surprises Nettie about slavery?
A. That Africans used to capture their own people and sell them into the slave trade.
B. America wasn't the only country that had slaves.
C. Slaves used to be severely beaten and many died from cruel treatment.
D. People used to be auctioned off like cattle at town markets.
12. Why does Shug suggest making pants for Celie?
A. Shug wants pants for herself but she wants to see them on Celie first.
B. Shug wants to distract Celie from her anger and grief.
C. Shug thinks Celie will look nicer in pants.
D. Shug wants Celie to make pants to earn her own money.
13. Why are the Olinka people confused about the relationships among the missionary
A. They are confused because Samuel spends more time with Nettie than with
Corrine and the children.
B. They are confused because Adam and Olivia look like Nettie but belong to
Samuel and Corrine.
C. They are confused because Adam, Corrine, and Nettie all sleep in the same hut.
D. They are confused because Olivia looks like Nettie and Adam looks like Corrine.
1. How do the Olinka people first react to Nettie and the other missionaries?
A. They are uneffected by the missionaries and go on with life as if they don't exist.
They have seen many missionaries in their lifetimes and aren't impressed, nor
bothered, by the arrival of Nettie and the others.
B. They are curious about the missionaries and ask questions about the relationship
of the children to Nettie and Corrine. They also ask if Nettie and Corrine are both
Samuel's wives. They seem pretty welcoming and have built huts for them to live
C. They are overjoyed the missionaries have finally arrived. They corresponded with
Samuel in letters and were very happy to finally meet Corrine and the children
since he spoke so highly of them. They have also prepared a feast in celebration of
D. They are angry that the missionaries have come to change their culture. They give
Nettie and Corrine dirty looks, and the children are harassed by the other kids in
the village. Very few people will talk to the missionaries, and they feel
2. What special gift did the Olinka people given to the missionaries at the end of the
A. They are given a hut twice the size of the Olinka chief.
B. They were given a large knife for hunting.
C. They were given a colorful quilt.
D. They were given a roof made of roofleaf for their hut.
3. Why does Corrine ask Nettie to stop wearing her clothes and to start addressing her and
Samuel as if she were their sister?
A. Corrine wants it made clear to the Olinka people that she alone is Samuel's wife
and the mother of the children.
B. Corrine is worried the children are thinking of Nettie as their mother, and she
doesn't want Samuel thinking of Nettie as anything but a sister.
C. Corrine is worried because Samuel is looking at Nettie in an inappropriate way.
Corrine wants Nettie in her old clothes and to let Samuel know he is like a brother
D. Corrine wants the Olinka people to view Nettie as her own person, not one of the
4. Why do Tashi's parents come to see Nettie?
A. Tashi's parents come to invite Nettie to dinner to thank her for all she is doing to
B. Tashi's parents come to see Nettie because they are worried their daughter is
changing because of her friendship with Olivia, and that Tashi's will not fit in
with her community.
C. Tashi's parents come to warn Nettie the chief is angry because she is teaching the
girls in the village and that she must stop for her own safety.
D. Tashi's parents come to see Nettie because they want Olivia and Nettie to teach
Tashi's even though it is against Olinka belief to educate women.
5. According to her letters, how long has Nettie been in Africa?
A. Nettie has been in Africa for almost 3 months.
B. Nettie has been in Africa for over 5 years.
C. Nettie has been in Africa a little less than 1 year.
D. Nettie has been in Africa for nearly 10 years.
6. Why are the Olinka happy to see there is a road being built to their village? What later
upsets them about the road?
A. They are happy since it will finally allow for their village to have modern
amenities like those found in larger cities. They are later upset to learn that the
road is not sturdy enough to survive the rainy season and will be destroyed after
only a few months of use.
B. They are happy since it will make travel much quicker and easier to and from the
village. They are later upset to learn the road is not stopping at their village but
going straight through it and destroying several buildings.
C. They are happy since it is providing work for many people of their village in a
time when money is tight. They are later upset because the men do not pay them
as promised, and the Olinka realize they worked hard for nothing in return.
D. They are happy since it will allow for increased trade with neighboring villages,
making survival in the rainy season much easier. They are later upset to learn
they will have to pay a large fee to use the road, making trade nearly impossible.
7. After her husband dies, Tashi's mother is made an honorary man. What important
decision does this empower her to make?
A. She decides that Tashi should be educated and try to learn as much as possible.
B. She decides that Tashi will not be given any further education, and Olivia must
join the Olinka if she is to be friends with Tashi.
C. She decides that Tashi will not take part in the female initiation ceremony.
D. She will decide who Tashi will marry.
8. What happens to the Olinka people when the government sells the land they own to a
rubber factory in England?
A. They are forced to pay rent on the land and pay a tax on the water they get from
B. They must agree to work at the rubber factory, even though the conditions are
horrible and they will receive no pay.
C. They must find a new place to live or be killed.
D. They are given a small purchase fee for the land which aids the people in finding a
new place to rebuild.
9. Who does Corrine believe are Adam and Olivia's parents?
A. Corrine believes Nettie and Mr. ____are Adam and Olivia's birth parents.
B. Corrine believes Celie and Albert are Adam and Olivia's birth parents.
C. Corrine believes Nettie and Samuel are Adam and Olivia's birth parents.
D. Corrine believes Celie and Samuel are Adam and Olivia's birth parents.
10. Why had Samuel urged Nettie to come to Africa?
A. Samuel urged Nettie to come to Africa because he had fallen in love with her.
B. Samuel urged Nettie to come to Africa because he thought Adam and Olivia were
Nettie's children, and he wanted them to be together.
C. Samuel urged Nettie to come to Africa because he saw how close she and Olivia
were and thought it would make the journey easier for Olivia.
D. Samuel urged Nettie to come to Africa because he knew Corrine would never be
able to take care of the children.
11. What does Nettie tell Celie about their Pa?
A. Nettie tells Celie he tried to rape her the day she left.
B. Nettie tells Celie he is wanted for murder, and if he is arrested, they will be able to
be together again.
C. Nettie tells Celie their Pa is rich but he hid the money until all the children had left
D. Nettie tells Celie the man they always thought of as their Pa is really not their
1. How does Celi's old house look when Shug takes her to visit her Pa there?
A. The house looks horrible. The yard hasn't been taken care of, and the house is
obviously falling apart.
B. The house looks well taken care of. It's been painted a few times and a garage
has been added, but it still resembles the house Nettie grew up in.
C. The house looks like a white person's house. It's large and beautiful with
blooming flowers landscaping the yard.
D. The house looks exactly like she remembered. The old car is still sitting out front,
and the tire swing she and Nettie used to play on is still hung over the tree.
2. Celie's Pa explains that he has been more successful with running a business and
becoming a wealthy black man than her real father. What has he done differently to
avoid the lynching her real father got after finding success?
A. He makes sure to follow all of the state laws and regulations.
B. He pays all his taxes and makes sure to give money back to the community and to
those in need.
C. He works with the white people and asks their permission before he proceeds with
any new business ideas.
D. He offers the white people part of his profit so they aren't upset at his success.
3. How does Nettie finally convince Corrine that Celie is the mother of Adam and Olivia,
and that the two of them had met once a long time ago?
A. She tells her the same story every day about how Corrine met Celie in the drygoods
store. Each day Corrine says she can't remember, until she is on her death
bed and in and out of consciousness. It is this time she finally remembers meeting
B. She finds an old family photo tucked in the pages of her Bible. She shows
Corrine the photo and helps her see the resemblance of Adam and Olivia in Celie.
This photo helps Corrine to remember the face of the girl she met long ago in the
C. She sprays a bit of old perfume on Corrine one day before church services. The
smell reminds Corrine of a time long ago, and she is able to think back to the day
she bought it, the very same day she met Celie at the store.
D. She finds a quilt Corrine made using old pieces of the children's clothing. One of
those patches was made from the fabric Corrine was buying the day she met Celie,
which makes her remember the day she met her.
4. What happens to Corrine?
A. Corrine leaves Samual and returns to England to live.
B. Corrine kills herself becuase she believes Samual has been unfaithful to her.
C. Corrine is placed in a sanatorium in Africa.
D. Corrine's health continues to decline, and she dies.
5. Why doesn't Celie write to God anymore?
A. Celie doesn't write to God anymore because she feels she is strong enough to
handle her problems herself.
B. Celie doesn't write to God anymore because she is writing to Shug.
C. Celie doesn't write to God anymore because she can now write to Nettie.
D. Celie doesn't write to God anymore because she thinks God is a man and all the
men in her life are no-good and always let her down.
6. What does Shug teach Celie about God?
A. Shug tells Celie that God isn't a man or a woman, but an It. She tells Celie God is
inside everyone, and they just have to find it.
B. Shug says God created sin and therefore doesn't mind if people stray from the
right path everyone once in a while. She also says that God wants people to enjoy
life and all He has created.
C. She says God is for people who are dead or dying and the living should focus on
living and experiencing the world. She also says religion is something created by
white men, making it hard for her to believe.
D. Shug tells Celie that God doesn't care about women and only listens to men. She
also says that praying to Him each day and trying to live life for Him is ridiculous.
7. How does Mr. ________ react when he learns Shug is leaving and is planning to take
Celie with her?
A. He kicks Shug out of the house and tells her she is never allowed back again.
B. He forbids it and says it will be over his dead body.
C. He says he's glad to finally get rid of her and helps Shug pack Celie's bags.
D. He begs Celie not to go, saying he needs her to take care of the house.
8. What does Celie do that surprises everyone at the dinner table?
A. She smiles all through dinner and tells jokes, making everyone laugh. She also
sings and dances after dinner, and is in the happiest mood anyone has ever seen.
B. She refuses to say a prayer before the meal and leaves the room while everyone
else blesses the meal. She also decides not to help clean up the meal once
everyone is finished.
C. She speaks out against her husband, saying how horrible he was to her and how
awful his children were. She also stabs him in the hand with her knife as he tries
to slap her.
D. She cries in front of everyone, showing real emotion for the first time. She also
tells everyone how much they mean to her and how she's appreciated their
support while she was married to Albert.
9. Who else is leaving with Shug to go to Tennessee?
C. Mary Agnes
10. Who offers to take care of Suzie Q (Squeak and Harpo's little girl) while Squeak goes
north to sing?
11. What does Mr. ________ say to Celie as she is leaving for Tennessee?
A. Mr. ___ says he will kill her is she steps one foot off the porch.
B. Mr. ___ tells her how much he will miss her.
C. Mr.____ says he is a fool, and if Celie will stay, he will change his ways.
D. Mr. ___ insults her in every way possible.
12. What does Celie do to Albert as she is leaving?
A. She puts a curse on him.
B. She hits him.
C. She smiles at him.
D. She hugs him.
1. After moving to Memphis, what type of business does Celie start? What is the name of
A. Celie begins her own pants business and she calls it "Folkspants, Unlimited."
B. Celie begins her own laundry business and she calls it "Cleanclothes, Unlimited."
C. Celie begins her own pants business and she calls it "Pantsfolks, Unlimited."
D. Celie begins her own laundry business and she calls it "Cleanfolks, Unlimited."
2. Celie comes to visit Sofia and Harpo when Sophia's mother dies. Why are Harpo and
Sofia arguing when Celie arrives?
A. Sofia wants to be a pallbearer in her mother's funeral, but Harpo thinks it is a
B. Harpo wants Sofia to cut off all connections with the white family, but Sofia still
feels affection for the little girl and tries to help her when she can.
C. Harpo wants to have another child, but Sofia thinks they've had enough children
and refuses to have any more.
D. Sofia wants Harpo to stand up to his father and refuse to work for him unless he
pays him more, but Harpo is scared to talk to his father.
3. What is Celie's explanation when Harpo says Mary Agnes is different?
A. Celie tells Harpo it is just his imagination.
B. Celie tells Harpo it is because Mary Agnes is drinking all the time.
C. Celie tells Harpo it is because Mary Agnes smokes a lot of the reefer that Grady
grows in the back yard.
D. Celie tells Harpo it is because Mary Agnes is on her own now, and she can take
care of herself.
4. What does Celie learn about Mr. _______ and how he's been living since she moved
A. Mr. _________ hired a young woman to live with him to help around the house
and keep up with the cooking.
B. Mr. _________ hired help for the fields and got a job in town working for the
county jail. He makes enough money to live from his job and is creating a savings
account with the money made off his land.
C. Mr. _________'s older sister moved in with her three children after her husband
was killed. Mr. _________ has been supporting the family for a few months now.
D. Mr. _________ has been working very hard in the fields and keeping the house up
5. What happens between Harpo and Sofia to make them have feelings for each other once
A. Harpo's daughter with Mary Agnes dies at the age of nine. Sofia is so moved by
his feelings for this young child that she can't help but develop feelings for him
B. Sofia becomes pregnant with their sixth child, and their relationship grows as
Harpo works hard to care for Sofia during this difficult pregnancy.
C. Sofia sees how kindly Harpo treats his father when he is dealing with Celie's
absence and begins to have feelings for him once again.
D. Harpo sold his jukejoint to have enough money to buy Sofia out of the remaining
portion of her jail sentence. She is so impressed with his compassion that she falls
in love with him again.
6. Sofia tells Celie Mr. ___ was in bad shape after Celie left him. What happened to turn
Mr. ___'s life around?
A. Sending Celie the rest of her letters from Nettie
B. Writing to Nettie to explain why Celie hasn't written in all these years
C. Finding God and attending church services regularly
D. Seeing Celie again and apologizing
7. What happens to Nettie and Samuel's relationship when they travel to England?
A. They argue about whether or not to send the children to school in England or take
them back to Africa and damage their friendship.
B. They realize their love for each other and get married.
C. They realize it is too hard to be friends without Corrine around and decide to go
their separate ways.
D. They grow closer in their friendship and decide to always stay in touch no matter
8. How are the Olinka people treated after the rubber factory is built?
A. They are rewarded by the factory owners for giving up their land with gifts from
the white world, like radios, bikes, jeans, mirrors, and toys. They are also paid for
their time working in the factory and are permitted to live in the baracks provided.
B. They are forced to move to a barren area of land that is without water six months
of the year. In this time, they must pay the factory for water. There is also no
more roofleaf left, leaving the Olinka people without their item of worship.
C. They are given the opportunity to either work for the factory or continue to live on
their land. They are permitted to use the resources of the factory and can make a
nice living by trading with the factory owners. They are also allowed to retain
their tribal traditions.
D. They are required to work for the factory, even though the conditions are poor and
several people have been injured as a result of the dangerous work. They also are
prohibited from practicing their tribal traditions and must adopt the ways of the
9. What does Tashi do that upsets Adam?
A. She has decided to attend college in England in the fall. He is worried she will
not adjust to the new lifestyle after living in a small tribal region in Africa for her
B. She is working for the rubber factory running heavy tree-cutting machinery and
putting her life in danger for the profit of others, completey giving up on her
C. She has run away from the tribe to live with the mbeles and rebel against the
rubber factory. Her life may be in danger if the factory uses force to stop the
tribal people from protesting.
D. She has gone through with the tribal ceremony of cutting or scarring her face and
she has had the female initiation ceremony.
1. What does Celie inherit when her stepfather dies?
A. The farm land, a horse, and $10,000
B. Over $5000 worth of debt and a stepsister
C. The house, land, and dry-goods store
2. What crushing news does Shug give Celie when she goes back to Memphis?
A. Shug tells Celie she is in love with a 19 year old boy.
B. She is slowly dying from cancer
C. Shug tells Celie she is going out on the road for a 3 year tour.
D. Shug tells Celie she is going back to Albert to get married.
3. Why does Henrietta eat yams, even though she hates the taste?
A. She is on a strict diet in order to lose enough weight to become a lounge singer
like Shug and Mary Agnes.
B. She is very superstitious and believes yams will help her maintain her light
skinned color, helping her to look younger and more attractive.
C. She read in the Bible yams were grown in the Garden of Eden and feels closer to
God when she eats this vegetable.
D. She is very sick and the only thing her family knows to do is feed her a lot of
yams to improve her health and prevent her from dying.
4. What is the only piece of mail Mr. ___ puts directly into Celie's hands?
A. He gives Celie a letter from Olivia.
B. He gives her a telegram from the African government notifying Celie that Nettie
was killed in Africa.
C. He gives Celie a letter he found in the bottom of his trunk.
D. He gives her a telegram from the Department of Defense notifying Celie that a
German mine has sunk the ship on which Nettie's family was traveling.
5. Who is Miss Eleanor Jane, and what type of relationship does Sofia have with her?
A. Eleanor Jane is the daughter of the mayor and his wife. Sofia hates Eleanor Jane
because she represents a life of enslavement to a white family. Sofia is always
rude to her .
B. Eleanor Jane is the daughter of the mayor and his wife. Sofia loves Eleanor Jane
since she raised her as her own child. Their relationship becomes strained as
Eleanor Jane gets older and realizes it is not acceptable for her to have such a
close relationship with a black woman.
C. Eleanor Jane is Sofia's oldest daughter. She resents Sofia for abandoning her as a
child and finds it hard to even talk to her. Sofia is persistent in trying to make
amends with Eleanor Jane in order to make things right in her life.
D. Eleanor Jane is the daughter of the mayor and his wife. Eleanor feels a
connection with Sofia, but Sofia pushes her away. After Eleanor Jane finds out
why Sofia came to work for their family, she realizes the injustice that has been
done. Eleanor Jane then goes to work for Sofia.
6. What reasons does Tashi give for refusing to marry Adam?
A. She is already engaged to an Olinka tribal leader and feels obligated to honor her
commitment. She is also fearful Adam will want children; she knows she is
unable to reproduce after the female initiation ceremony.
B. She is angry that Adam went to England and knows he will one day leave her
again if it suits his own needs. She is also angry he waited so long to find her and
feels this may be a sign he doesn't love her.
C. She is worried Americans will look down on her because of the scarification
marks on her face and her very dark skin. She is also worried Adam will find
someone else to love in America, and she will then be left all alone.
D. She is scared to leave the Olinka village and leave behind the customs and
traditions she values. She is also scared Americans will think she is dumb since
she is from Africa.
7. What does Adam do to prove his love and devotion to Tashi?
A. Adam goes through the Olinka male initiation ceremony.
B. Adam stays with Tashi in Africa.
C. Adam performs the Olinka marriage dance before the entire Olinka tribe.
D. Adam has his faced scarred to look like Tashi's.
8. What does Albert ask Celie? What is her response?
A. He asks her to marry him again, but this time in spirit and flesh. She says no and
asks if they can just be friends.
B. He asks her if she hates him for all the times he mistreated her over the years. She
says she has finally forgiven him.
C. He asks her if he can make shirts to go with her pants to sell them as sets. She
says he can make shirts, but she won't sell them as part of her business.
D. He asks her to help him win back Shug. She says she loves Shug too and is trying
to win her back herself.
9. Who is Celie reunited with at the end of the novel?
A. Shug and her two children
B. Her mother
C. Her old school teacher
D. Nettie, Olivia, and Adam