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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 first spoken part of the play is from what character?

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

3. How old is David?

4. What is Brother Boxer's first name?

5. Who tries to talk with the pastor about nothing being wrong with Brother Boxer's job in Act I?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do we know about Mrs. Jackson's baby by Act III?

3. How does Margaret respond after Luke dies?

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

5. Why doesn't David want to go to Philadelphia?

6. How did Luke find Margaret in Act I?

7. In Act II, Luke insists that he heard David playing piano one day during the week. How did he know?

8. 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?

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

10. Describe the scene as Act II opens.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is used during "The Amen Corner." Baldwin makes a point of saying that Ida Jackson is "not dressed in white" in Act I and that Sisters Moore and Boxer are dressed in white in the final act. Discuss the use of and meaning of the color white.

Essay Topic 2

David is presented with a choice, to be religious and work in the church like his mother, or to play music and be sinful like his father. Are these David's only choices in life? Sum up David's dilemma in your own words and explain what you think he should do.

Essay Topic 3

In the last act, Margaret is upset at the loudness coming from the church. After telling her that she always told them to praise the Lord with fervor, Brother Boxer asks Margaret, "Where's all your fervor done gone to, Sister Margaret?" Fervor is another word for passion. Compare and contrast the ideas about passion for the church and passion for another person in "The Amen Corner."

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