The Emperor Jones Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the setting for the first scene of the play.

The first act opens in the throne room of a palace with a red throne in the middle of the room.

2. Where is the native woman going in the first scene?

The native woman is going into the hills to join the other natives, who have begun a rebellion against Emperor Jones.

3. What is Smithers' relationship to Emperor Jones?

Smithers is a hired hand working for Emperor Jones. He knows some secrets about Jones' past, and Jones knows some secrets in turn, and he uses his knowledge to keep Smithers in his place.

4. Describe Emperor Jones' appearance in the first scene.

Emperor Jones is a strong, tall black man, with a uniform of blue jacket and gold chevrons and braids, with pants of red with light blue stripes, and a holster with a pearl-handled revolver.

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