Blues for an Alabama Sky Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the setting for BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY?

BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY takes place in Harlem, New York City, in the summer of 1930.

2. Who are the first characters introduced in Act 1, Scene 1 and what are they doing?

Guy Jacobs, a black homosexual man about 30 years old, is helping a friend, Angel Allen, a 34-year-old black woman. Angel is a singer at the famous Cotton Club and is obviously quite drunk. Guy's effort to get Angel home is aided by Leland Cunningham, a man who happened to meet the two friends on the street.

3. What is the reason for Angel's being drunk?

As it turns out, Angel has experienced two devastating events this evening at the Club. Angel learned that her boss and boyfriend, Nick, had married another woman. During her performance that evening, Angel stopped the show to yell derogatory comments at Nick, whom she spotted in the audience; before the night was over, Angel was fired.

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