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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. Where does the third forest scene begin?

2. How has the beat of the tom-tom changed when the second forest scene opens?

3. Where does Emperor Jones go at the end of this first scene outside the palace?

4. When does Emperor Jones notice the tom-tom?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What progress, if any, has Emperor Jones made in the fifth forest scene?

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

3. Describe Emperor Jones' state of mind in the second scene.

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

5. Describe the apparition Emperor Jones sees in the sixth forest scene.

6. What is the significance of Emperor Jones' clothing in the fifth forest scene?

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

8. Describe the setting for the first scene of the play.

9. Before he sees Jeff, Emperor Jones surveys himself and assesses his plight. How does he feel about his situation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry Smithers is the only white man in the play, and the witch doctor and Lem and the old woman in the first scene are the only natives with speaking roles. Compare and contrast the roles of the white and black characters. How are they the same? How are they different? What difference does skin color make in this play? What can Smithers do that the natives cannot, and vice versa? Are these characters presented as individuals, or as typifying their respective races?

Essay Topic 2

Emperor Jones takes advantage of the natives' superstition. Cite three instances of superstition in the play and describe the belief behind each one. Is there another way of believing in things in this play? Does superstition reveal its limitations as a method of belief? Does it reveal its strength? Is one kind of superstition more powerful than another when it comes to Emperor Jones' feelings, or his power over the natives, or Jones' guilt?

Essay Topic 3

Emperor Jones makes a lot of money by ruling over the natives, but he is killed by money as well in the form of melted down silver coins. How does money appear in the play? What does it buy? What can it not buy? Are there other forms of exchange that use a different currency?

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