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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The set for "The Amen Corner contains what components?

2. What is located stage right in the first act and throughout the play?

3. What is Brother Boxer's first name?

4. Which of the characters is the pastor as the play opens?

5. What is Brother Boxer looking for in the new Frigidaire?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act I, who do we discover left in the Alexander marriage?

2. In Act III, why is Brother Boxer disgusted with Margaret?

3. Margaret compares the story of King Hezekiah's story to a possible situation of the congregation. What situation does she compare the biblical story to?

4. Why does Margaret slap her son in Act III?

5. According to Margaret in Act III, what does "amen" mean? Why is it significant?

6. In Act I, what is the story from Margaret's sermon?

7. In Act II, what does Brother Boxer say about what it cost him to go to Philadelphia when his wife was out of town?

8. Why is Ida Jackson distraught at the beginning of Act III?

9. Describe the opening of Act III.

10. Why does Odessa refer to Sister Moore as "poor Sister Moore" in Act III?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hymns are used throughout "The Amen Corner." When the church elders begin plans to remove Margaret from the pulpit, Sister Moore sings "You can run on for a long time, I tell you the great God Almighty gonna cut you down." Discuss the role of music in "The Amen Corner."

Essay Topic 2

The setting of the play is a church and home that join together. Why do you think the author did this? Was it just to make the scene setting easier as the action shifts from home to play or perhaps did Baldwin mean something more? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Luke's bedroom is dark throughout the play, except for the one time that Luke asks his son to lift the shade. Even before Luke arrives, the beginning narrative of Act I states that Luke's bedroom is "a small, dark room." Are the light and dark symbolic?

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