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

2. The first spoken part of the play is from what character?

3. What nickname does Luke call his wife?

4. Who is it that appears in the alley before the pastor leaves on a trip?

5. According to the pastor's first act sermon, what is an example of an activity one does when one's "mind ain't on the Lord"?

Short Essay Questions

1. David explains why he started playing piano in Act II. What was his explanation?

2. Odessa tries to convince Margaret to return to church in Act III and win back her congregation, but Margaret says she can't. Why?

3. How does Margaret respond after Luke dies?

4. In Act III, what does Margaret mean when she tells David that she's seen young men like him become the lowest of the low?

5. Margaret refuses to cancel her trip to Philadelphia even when it's obvious that Luke is ill. What is her reasoning?

6. What signs are in Act I that Luke is sick?

7. How did Luke find Margaret in Act I?

8. Why does Margaret want to take David with her to Philadelphia?

9. Margaret speaks of an old blind woman from her childhood in Act III. The woman used to greet everyone with "How you this Lord's-day morning" no matter what the day. Who is Margaret comparing the old blind woman to and why?

10. What is David's fear of staying with his mother in Act III?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The church elders believe that Margaret is being hypocritical because she's not as holy and pure as she pretends to be. Discuss how the church elders are also being hypocritical.

Essay Topic 2

Much is made about David following in his father's footsteps as they both want music as their career. Do you think that David will end up like his father? Why or why not? Support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

The new refrigerator is mentioned throughout the play. In particular, Brother Boxer focuses on it, starting with "This ain't no icebox, this is a Frigidaire." What does the refrigerator symbolize?

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