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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. Emperor Jones sees a group of figures in Act 1, Scene 4. What does he say to their leader?
(a) He swears he will kill him.
(b) He says that he is in charge here.
(c) He promises to avenge his imprisonment.
(d) He proclaims his innocence.

2. Where is the play set?
(a) Florida Keys.
(b) Hispaniola.
(c) West Indies.
(d) New Orleans.

3. Who does Emperor Jones see after he talks to himself when he enters in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) Jeff.
(b) A chain gang.
(c) The natives.
(d) A marketplace full of slaves.

4. What is the tone of the scene at the edge of the forest?
(a) Contentment.
(b) Humor.
(c) Confidence.
(d) Panic.

5. What is the setting where the play begins?
(a) In an American slave auction.
(b) In the interior of a palace.
(c) In the forest.
(d) In a Pullman car.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Emperor Jones when he sees the apparition in the third forest scene?

2. What do the natives mistakenly think about Emperor Jones?

3. What does Emperor Jones throw into the bushes?

4. What does Emperor Jones do after he shoots at the apparition in the third forest scene?

5. What does Jones do when he appears at the beginning of the third forest scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the sound of the tom-tom change over the course of the second forest scene?

2. Contrast the vision Emperor Jones has in the fourth forest scene with the first vision he has.

3. Describe the setting when the second scene begins.

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

5. How does Emperor Jones' appearance change in the third forest scene?

6. How is Emperor Jones different in the palace than he was when he was in America?

7. Describe the setting for Scene 6, the fifth forest scene.

8. What are two explanations for the identity of the chain gang?

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

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

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