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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 happens when Luke starts to leave during Act I?

2. What is played as the music prologue to Act I?

3. When Luke appears in Act I, how long does he say he'll be in town for?

4. Who leaves the service to put coffee on during the first act?

5. According to Luke, who goes digging for pork chops when she sees a man?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act I, what do we know about Ida Jackson's husband, who isn't with her?

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

3. 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?

4. Describe the Alexander home in the play.

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

6. Explain the layout of Sister Margaret Alexander's home and the church and their relationship to each other in this play. Be sure to define any theatrical terms.

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

8. What does Sister Sally have to say in Act II about traveling 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. In Act III, why is Brother Boxer disgusted with Margaret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In the first act, Margaret preaches on "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live." Discuss how her sermon foreshadows what is to come.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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