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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. Who refers to the home/church as a Holy Ghost station during the first act?

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

3. Why is everyone silent when Sisters Moore and Boxer finish singing in Act I?

4. Whose bedroom is mentioned from the beginning of Act I?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Odessa so upset with the other church members in Act III?

2. In Act II, David tells his father about some guys coming to the church. What did both David and his mother think brought the men to the church?

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

4. In Act I, we learn that Margaret will be leaving after the service to visit a sister church in Philadelphia. What is the purpose of her trip.

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

6. Describe the Alexander home in the play.

7. Describe the church in "The Amen Corner."

8. 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?

9. When Sister Moore asks if anyone needs special attention in the first scene, a young woman named Ida Jackson comes up. What does Ida Jackson want?

10. In Act II, what is Margaret's position about music in the church?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Act II, Luke tells his son that music is just a moment. Discuss what is most important in life, according to Luke.

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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