Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison: Themes & Analysis


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In Song of Solomon, what do leaping and flying symbolize?

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1. Song of Solomon explores what themes related to the family?

2. Which character in Song of Solomon seems almost Christ-like, symbolizing virtue, wisdom, and self-sacrifice?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

We've provided this quiz/worksheet combo as a helpful way for you to assess your knowledge of Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. When you answer these questions, you'll test yourself on themes of family in the story, Milkman's quest for gold and the character in the story who resembles Christ.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is designed to see how well you can do the following:

  • Explain what leaping and flying in the story symbolize
  • Describe the themes related to family found in the story
  • Identify the Christ-like character who symbolizes wisdom, self-sacrifice and virtue
  • Detail the role played by the family's legend of lost gold
  • Name the place where Milkman's search for gold leads him

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the symbolism of leaping and flying in Song of Solomon
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the role played by the family's legend of lost gold
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding family themes in the story and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Check out our lesson titled Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison: Themes & Analysis for more information about this story. Once you complete this lesson, you should be able to do the following:

  • Detail what was especially notable about Morrison winning the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Explain the use of ambiguity in the story and how it relates to the themes present in it
  • Discuss what learning of his ancestor Solomon does for Milkman