by Toni Morrison
Beloved: Themes (For the Most Part) 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. Why is 124 Bluestone Road an atypical home?
There aren't any men in it.
It's haunted by a baby ghost.
It's located at the end of a yellow brick road.
There's always a party going on at the house
Q. What makes the community of free blacks in Cincinnati ticked off at Baby Suggs?
Baby Suggs let Sethe stay on at 124.
Baby Suggs let Sethe kill her baby girl.
Baby Suggs hangs out with The Golden Girls.
Baby Suggs has way too much good fortune. And food. How does one person have so much food?!
Q. What makes Sweet Home not a home for Sethe and the Sweet Home men?
Mrs. Garner gives Sethe earrings instead of letting Sethe and Halle marry.
Schoolteacher arrives and makes life a living hell for everyone.
Mr. Garner keeps getting into fights with the neighbors.
Mrs. Garner keeps making them watch Burn Notice.
Q. Why is Beloved's love for Sethe so creepy?
Beloved is actually trying to get Paul D all for herself.
Beloved wants to carry Sethe's baby.
Beloved is obsessed with Sethe and takes all she can from her.
Beloved's not creepy; in fact, she's as cuddly as a teddy bear. It's the rest of the world that's got problems.
Q. When Paul D, Sethe, and Denver come home from the carnival, their shadows look like they're almost holding hands. Why is this moment important?
It looks like the three of them are about to become a happy family.
The moment is proof that we all have independent, shadow selves and that the supernatural exists.
The moment foreshadows the ending of the book, in which the three of them come back together again as a happy family.
It's a sign that an alternate universe exists, one in which families are happy.