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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Act II, we learn that it cost how much to get a specific window painted?
2. Where is Bishop Williams' church located?
3. Act II takes place how many days later than Act I?
4. Who is the "funny, fast-talking, fiery" person mentioned in Act II?
5. Who says, "he dying in his sins" during Act II?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Hymns are used throughout "The Amen Corner." When the church elders begin plans to remove Margaret from the pulpit, Sister Moore sings "You can run on for a long time, I tell you the great God Almighty gonna cut you down." Discuss the role of music in "The Amen Corner."
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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