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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 says, "Cat got your tongue, Maggie?"

2. When Sister Moore asks if there's anyone who needs "the Lord's especial attention," who comes forward?

3. Who calls Luke a "bad boy"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does David look when he first appears in Act II?

2. Why do Sister Boxer and Sister Moore come to church early in Act III?

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

4. Describe David as he enters the apartment in Act III.

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

6. Describe Sister Douglass from Act II.

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

8. Why does Margaret slap her son in Act III?

9. 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.

10. In Act II, what does the doctor not want Luke doing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As pastor of a church, Margaret's ability to lead isn't questioned until Luke's return. In Act II, Brother Boxer even says, "She done forgot it ain't the woman supposed to lead, it's the man." What role does Margaret's marriage play in her ability to lead a church as pastor? Does her marriage make her less holy in the eyes of her congregation?

Essay Topic 2

The two strongest female characters in "The Amen Corner" are Margaret and Sister Moore. Compare and contrast these two characters. How are they alike. How are they different?

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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