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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens to lift Emperor Jones' spirits at the beginning of the second forest scene?
(a) The moonlight makes it easier to see.
(b) One of the natives leads Jones through the forest.
(c) Smithers shows up with a torch.
(d) He finds the food he had hidden.

2. Which statement describes the eyes of the figures whom Emperor Jones sees in the first forest scene?
(a) They glow.
(b) They are deformed.
(c) They are blind.
(d) They are angry.

3. What does Emperor Jones decide to do after he rings for the servants?
(a) Send the army into the hills for the natives.
(b) Head for the hills.
(c) Burn the palace down.
(d) Fortify the palace.

4. Where does the third forest scene begin?
(a) At a wide, flat road.
(b) At the palace.
(c) At a burial ground.
(d) At a well.

5. What does Smithers talk to the old woman about in the first scene?
(a) When the natives are going to kill Emperor Jones.
(b) Where the other whites have gone.
(c) Where Emperor Jones hid his food.
(d) Where she is going.

6. How far away was Emperor Jones' would-be assassin when the gun misfired?
(a) 10 feet.
(b) 5 feet.
(c) 20 feet.
(d) Point blank.

7. What is the first thing Emperor Jones asks Smithers?
(a) What did he do wrong.
(b) Who the old woman's children are.
(c) Where everyone is.
(d) Why white men are always in charge.

8. How are the forest scenes different from the opening scene in the palace?
(a) They are more satirical.
(b) They lack the first scene's dark humor.
(c) They are less realistic.
(d) They are more hyperbole.

9. Which answer describes Jeff's movements?
(a) Powerful.
(b) Graceful.
(c) Robotic.
(d) Languid.

10. How does Emperor Jones feel when he is orienting himself in the forest?
(a) Reflective.
(b) Panicked.
(c) Warlike.
(d) Nostalgic.

11. Why does Emperor Jones head for the forest at the end of the first scene?
(a) To distance himself from his own authority.
(b) To avoid conflict with the natives.
(c) To confront the natives.
(d) To outflank the natives.

12. What does the omnipresence of the tom-tom drumming tell us about Emperor Jones' state of mind?
(a) That he is a passive participant in his life now.
(b) That he will no longer swindle the natives.
(c) That he is dreaming all of this.
(d) That he cannot escape from this situation.

13. How well has Emperor Jones prepared for his flight from the palace?
(a) He has more than enough supplies to get him to safety.
(b) He underestimated what he would need.
(c) He has hidden the supplies that will get him to safety.
(d) He knows where to find what he needs in the forest.

14. What does Emperor Jones do after he shoots at the apparition in the third forest scene?
(a) He looks around for food.
(b) He flees into the forest.
(c) He celebrates his freedom.
(d) He heads back to the palace.

15. The black figures that Emperor Jones sees in the first forest scene are amused by what?
(a) Emperor Jones' panic.
(b) Emperor Jones' language.
(c) Emperor Jones' gun.
(d) Emperor Jones' clothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the second forest scene open?

2. What happens when Emperor Jones first fires his gun in the forest?

3. What do the dark figures represent who Emperor Jones sees in the woods?

4. Who are the figures Emperor Jones sees working in this third forest scene?

5. What literary term describes Emperor Jones' language when he shoots at the apparition?

(see the answer keys)

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