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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. Who's reportedly been keeping bad company in Act I?

3. Approximately how much suggested time takes place during Act I?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Margaret demand that David turn off the music on the phonograph in Act II?

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

4. In Act I, we learn that Margaret will be leaving after the service to visit a sister church in Philadelphia. What is the purpose of her trip.

5. Describe the opening of Act III.

6. In Act II, what is Margaret's position about music in the church?

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

8. 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?

9. How did Luke find Margaret in Act I?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act II, Luke tells his son that music is just a moment. Discuss what is most important in life, according to Luke.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The new refrigerator is mentioned throughout the play. In particular, Brother Boxer focuses on it, starting with "This ain't no icebox, this is a Frigidaire." What does the refrigerator symbolize?

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