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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In the play, who claims to have left to get away from the stink of whiskey?

2. Who says something about "wishing you'd leave the Lord's work to the Lord."?

3. Everyone tries to convince Margaret to stay to care for Luke instead of going out of town. What does she decide?

4. Who says, "Tell him to call on the Lord!"

5. Where is the pastor planning on going after the church service in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Margaret demand that David turn off the music on the phonograph in Act II?

2. In Act II, Sister Moore reports that people are coming to the church because they want an accounting from the church elders. What is she referring to?

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

4. What is a "shout" song mentioned in "The Amen Corner"?

5. Describe what Margaret sees when she first enters the church in Act III.

6. Why does Odessa lecture people in the church about the costs of operating a church in Act II?

7. In Act II, what does David remember about the time right before he became separated from his father?

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

9. Margaret makes all kinds of excuses as to why David might have drank liquor, including friends making fun of him, a girl, or his father. What was David's reason?

10. What does Act II tell you about Sister Sally?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The jazz music that Luke plays is viewed as sinful by Margaret and the church elders. When Margaret invites the Philadelphia church to their Harlem church, she tells church members that they will be bringing drums and a trumpet. These instruments, along with the piano that David plays in the church, are all prominent instruments in jazz. Compare and contrast jazz with the music in the church.

Essay Topic 2

James Baldwin is noted for writing about African American issues during his lifetime. Although his characters in "The Amen Corner" are African American, the central theme is religion. During Act III, Margaret tells her son about "boys like you down home" and that "I seen them go down." She presents religion to her son as a way to escape this path. Do you believe Baldwin wrote about African American issues in this scene or others in "The Amen Corner"? Give examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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