Possessing the Secret of Joy, a compelling novel by renowned author Alice Walker, exposes the physical and psychological trauma of female genital cutting (also referred to as female genital mutilation). Some of the main characters are from Walker’s novel The Color Purple. Because of the graphic nature of the content, this book may be more appropriate for college students.
I used these materials when I taught the book in an integrated reading-writing course for first-year students at my university. This package includes two items:
1) A comprehension test on the entire book, consisting of:
a. 9 True-False questions
b. 9 multiple-choice questions
c. 6 short-answer questions (students may omit one)
d. 4 brief essay questions (students may omit one)
Students who read the entire book will find the questions fairly easy so they are likely to earn high scores. Telling this to students in advance can create an incentive to read.
2) An eight-question “halfway” quiz, which can be used to determine if students are halfway through the book by a certain date. Students who have read at least half of the book will find the questions easy.