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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 was out late the night before the church service in the first act?

2. What is the first thing that Margaret says when Luke walks into the apartment in Act i?

3. Who does the pastor suggest as a substitute piano player for the church service?

4. In the sermon in the first act, who does the pastor say that King Hezekiah called on?

5. What nickname does Luke call his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. According to Margaret in Act III, what does "amen" mean? Why is it significant?

9. Margaret compares the story of King Hezekiah's story to a possible situation of the congregation. What situation does she compare the biblical story to?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The setting of the play is a church and home that join together. Why do you think the author did this? Was it just to make the scene setting easier as the action shifts from home to play or perhaps did Baldwin mean something more? Explain your answer.

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