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

2. What does Jones do when he appears at the beginning of the third forest scene?
(a) He sees Jeff's apparition.
(b) He stops to catch his breath.
(c) He runs about wildly.
(d) He encounters the witch doctor.

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

4. What appears to Emperor Jones in the first scene in the forest?
(a) The witch doctor.
(b) Native soldiers.
(c) Black formless fears.
(d) His memory of a slave auction.

5. What color is Jones' uniform?
(a) Black with gold stripes.
(b) Blue with gold chevrons.
(c) Light blue with a red stripe.
(d) White with gold chevrons.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the tone of the scene at the edge of the forest?

2. Emperor Jones sees a group of figures in Act 1, Scene 4. What happens when the leader of that group turns his back to Emperor Jones?

3. Which literary term describes the structure of the first three forest scenes?

4. How has Emperor Jones' appearance changed since the scene with the black figures?

5. How much light is there in the scene where Emperor Jones sees the formless black figures?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Emperor Jones do when he understands what the figure in the sixth forest scene's apparition wants from him?

3. What does the figure in the sixth forest scene's apparition communicate to Emperor Jones?

4. How long has Emperor Jones been walking when the second forest scene begins?

5. Why was Emperor Jones foolish to fire his gun at the formless fears?

6. How does Jones break the spell of the apparition in the fifth forest scene?

7. Describe Emperor Jones' state of mind when the fourth forest scene opens.

8. What effect do the formless fears have on Emperor Jones?

9. Describe Emperor Jones' appearance in the fifth forest scene.

10. What effect does Emperor Jones create by stripping off his clothes?

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