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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of gun does Emperor Jones carry?
(a) Hunting rifle.
(b) Long-barreled revolver.
(c) AK-47.
(d) Submachine gun.

2. What does Emperor Jones' flight recall to him?
(a) An earlier native uprising.
(b) His flight in America.
(c) Running away from his parents' house.
(d) His time as a long-distance runner.

3. How long has Jones been walking at the beginning of the second forest scene?
(a) All night.
(b) Not long.
(c) Half a day.
(d) A full day.

4. When does Emperor Jones notice the tom-tom?
(a) When he cannot find his food.
(b) When he fires his gun.
(c) When he hears laughter in the forest.
(d) When he thinks he hears footsteps.

5. What is the basis for Smithers' authority in the palace?
(a) He is a white man.
(b) He is the emperor's right hand man.
(c) He is a medicine man.
(d) He is the emperor.

Short Answer Questions

1. How has Emperor Jones changed in the first four scenes?

2. Emperor Jones sees a group of figures in Act 1, Scene 4. What does he say to their leader?

3. Emperor Jones tell the natives that only one person can kill him--who is that?

4. What is the first thing Emperor Jones asks Smithers?

5. Which literary device is employed in this first forest scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Emperor Jones attained his authority over the natives.

2. What irony does Smithers point out in the final scene?

3. How does the tom-tom drumming change during the course of the fourth forest scene?

4. What is Smithers' relationship to Emperor Jones?

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

6. In what way is the routine of the palace out of the ordinary as the play begins?

7. Describe the setting where Act 1, Scene 4 begins.

8. What happens between the prison guard and Emperor Jones?

9. Describe the apparition Emperor Jones sees in the third forest scene.

10. Describe Emperor Jones' state of mind at the beginning of the third forest scene.

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