The beginning of the short story, The Test, by Angelica Gibbs provokes the reader's attention through early descriptive lines like, "When they found the boulevard they found it crowded with cars headed for the beaches. Â (Pg 115) This enables the viewer to picture the scene of the beach and the crowded area. They reader is able to relate to the scene and so therefore they wish to read on.
The main theme in The Test is a very disturbing one of racism. The United States of America is a clever place to set a story that's theme covers racism because of America's horrific history and racist past. Though there is not too many lines in the story that give away a theme of racism, one line establishes that Marian is black and Mrs Ericson is white. This line is when Marian is talking to Mrs Ericson and she says, "They probably like it better if a white person shows up with you. Â Pg 115 Not only does this establish the colour of the main characters but it establishes the racist attitude of the American population in whole and is symbolic of the way America was during the civil war and the white population way of thinking even only back as far as 1940 when this story was set. Other lines that enforce