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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. According to Luke, who goes digging for pork chops when she sees a man?

2. During the first act, Brother Boxer tell his wife and Sister Moore that he's heard that David's father is back in town. Where is David's father reportedly working?

3. Who says, "Cat got your tongue, Maggie?"

4. According to the pastor's first act sermon, what is an example of an activity one does when one's "mind ain't on the Lord"?

5. The rumor that Brother Boxer has heard is that Luke's father is sick with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In Act III, why is Brother Boxer disgusted with Margaret?

3. Describe the scene as Act II opens.

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

5. Odessa tries to convince Margaret to return to church in Act III and win back her congregation, but Margaret says she can't. Why?

6. When Sister Moore asks if anyone needs special attention in the first scene, a young woman named Ida Jackson comes up. What does Ida Jackson want?

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

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

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

10. What does Sister Sally have to say in Act II about traveling to Philadelphia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Act III, Margaret mentions carrying slops and scrubbing floors in asking "is that what I been slaving for all these long, hard years." Discuss the role of poverty in "The Amen Corner."

Essay Topic 3

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.

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