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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 played as the music prologue to Act I?

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

3. How did Luke know where to find Margaret?

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

5. When Luke appears in Act I, how long does he say he'll be in town for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the sacrifice offering in Act I for?

2. In Act II, what does Brother Boxer say about what it cost him to go to Philadelphia when his wife was out of town?

3. Describe the Alexander home in the play.

4. As Margaret leaves for Philadelphia at the end of the first act, she shouts instructions for everyone. What are they?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What unholy things does Margaret preach against in Act I, and why are they unholy?

10. What gossip concerning David does Brother Boxer share with his wife and Sister Moore in Act I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In speaking to Ida Jackson in the first act, Margaret says, "Maybe the Lord wants you to leave that man." Why do you think Margaret says this? Is she comparing Ida Jackson's situation to her own? Do you think Margaret is suggesting that God is making the baby sick to send a message? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

David is presented with a choice, to be religious and work in the church like his mother, or to play music and be sinful like his father. Are these David's only choices in life? Sum up David's dilemma in your own words and explain what you think he should do.

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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