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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The allegorical appearance of figures can also be described as what literary device?

3. What happens when Emperor Jones rings for the servants?

4. Which statement describes the eyes of the figures whom Emperor Jones sees in the first forest scene?

5. What does the omnipresence of the tom-tom drumming tell us about Emperor Jones' state of mind?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens at the beginning of the second forest scene to ease Emperor Jones' fears?

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

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

5. What relationship binds Emperor Jones to the figures in the vision he sees in the fifth forest scene?

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

7. Describe Emperor Jones' appearance in the second forest scene.

8. Some of Emperor Jones' apparitions are racial memories. What does this conclusion say about the state or the future of the black race?

9. How are the formless fears manifested on stage?

10. Describe Jeff's appearance in the second forest scene.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Emperor Jones is haunted by scenes from America's slave-holding history. How is Emperor Jones in the same position as the slaves? How is his situation different?

Essay Topic 2

How does the action of the play affect you as a viewer? Are you sympathetic to Emperor Jones' situation or does he seem like a villain? Do you want him to escape, or do you want him to be caught and killed? How does the play manipulate your sympathies and expectations? Do you feel relieved at the conclusion? Do you feel that justice has been done?

Essay Topic 3

How was Emperor Jones received in America when it premiered in 1929? What does it tell us about America in 1929 that it got the responses it did? What does it tell us about how blacks were treated in America at the time?

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