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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's reportedly been keeping bad company in Act I?

2. Who is in his grave, according to Sister Boxer in the first act?

3. Who says something about "wishing you'd leave the Lord's work to the Lord."?

4. What is located stage right in the first act and throughout the play?

5. What is Brother Boxer looking for in the new Frigidaire?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe the opening of Act III.

3. How does Margaret respond after Luke dies?

4. Describe what Margaret sees when she first enters the church in Act III.

5. Describe the scene as Act II opens.

6. Describe the Alexander home in the play.

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay 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 the Notes Section, author James Baldwin indicates a personal knowledge of what his characters go through when he states that "I know what Sister Margaret goes through, and what her male child is menaced by." In his life, Baldwin didn't know his biological father, but was raised in Harlem by a stepfather who was reported to be a stern pastor. In knowing that "The Amen Corner" came from his personal experience, what do you think Baldwin was trying to say about religion? Cite examples to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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