The Amen Corner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Brother Boxer's first name?

2. What are the two collection plates made of?

3. What scenery does the play open with?

4. During Act I, two people say "God doesn't like liars." Who were they?

5. What sits on top of the piano in the church in the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act I, what do we know about Ida Jackson's husband, who isn't with her?

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

3. When Act III begins, what have Brother and Sister Boxer and Sister Moore been doing since Odessa last saw them?

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

5. 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?

6. In Act I, who do we discover left in the Alexander marriage?

7. What jazz musicians does David compare his father to after confessing to listening to his records in Act II?

8. Describe what you know about Sister Rice from Act II?

9. Where did Brother Boxer see David early in Act II? What was David doing?

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

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

James Baldwin is noted for writing about African American issues during his lifetime. Although his characters in "The Amen Corner" are African American, the central theme is religion. During Act III, Margaret tells her son about "boys like you down home" and that "I seen them go down." She presents religion to her son as a way to escape this path. Do you believe Baldwin wrote about African American issues in this scene or others in "The Amen Corner"? Give examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the characters undergo change during "The Amen Corner." Yet Odessa stays consistent in her devotion to her sister and the church. Can you name another character who remains consistent in words and actions throughout the play? Cite examples from the play to support your answer.

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