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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. In the play, who claims to have left to get away from the stink of whiskey?

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

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

4. Who says, "Tell him to call on the Lord!"

5. Where is the pastor planning on going after the church service in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Act II, Sister Moore reports that people are coming to the church because they want an accounting from the church elders. What is she referring to?

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

4. What is a "shout" song mentioned in "The Amen Corner"?

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

6. Why does Odessa lecture people in the church about the costs of operating a church in Act II?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does Act II tell you about Sister Sally?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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