by Toni Morrison
Beloved: Quotes (What Was Said) Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Beloved? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. 1) "A fully dressed woman walked out of the water." Who's this woman and why is she fully dressed in water?
Amy Denver—And, really, do we need to ask why Amy does anything? The girl's running away for the sake of velvet, for crying out loud. There is no reason for her actions.
. Beloved—Who else would be strange enough to walk out of water wearing a dress?
Sethe—Look, the woman's running away from a slavemaster. She's not exactly thinking about protecting her clothes from water damage.
No one—Psych! Really, who's crazy enough to be fully dressed in water? Unless you're talking about a ghost or a zombie or something. But then, why would a ghost or zombie need clothes to begin with?
Q. What's the last thing Paul D says to Sethe?
"You your best thing, Sethe. You are."
"I'm here, Sethe baby. I'm here for you."
"I've been really tryin' baby, tryin' to hold back these feelings for so long, and if you feel like I feel baby, come on, oh come on, let's get it on, let's get it on, let's get it on, let's get it on."
"You're a friend of my mind, Sethe. Now let's get it on."
Q. What causes Paul D to say to himself, "Red heart. Red heart. Red heart"?
Sethe's mad that Paul D only gave her a card for Valentine's Day and not one of those big, red, heart boxes full of chocolate. Men. So unromantic.
Paul D goes hunting and kills a deer. Then he eats its beating, red heart.
Beloved just got him to say her name and touch her inside parts.
Denver just spooked him in the shed by dressing up like Beloved, with a deer's heart pumping in her hand.
Q. When Paul D thinks about Sethe at the end of the novel, he recalls what Sixo once said: "She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order." Who is Sixo talking about?
The Thirty-Mile Woman
. His mom. No really. Who else deserves praise like that than the woman who birthed you?
Q. Here's Baby Suggs talking: "'Here,' she said, 'in this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. They don't love your eyes; they'd just as soon pick em out. No more do they love the skin on your back. Yonder they flay it." To whom is she speaking?
A bunch of townsfolk
All of the above. Who wouldn't want to hang with Baby Suggs? She's the coolest person in the whole town.