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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. What literary term describes Emperor Jones' language when he shoots at the apparition?

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

3. What does Smithers tell Emperor Jones to look out for when Jones is leaving the palace?

4. What makes Emperor Jones laugh at the beginning of the second forest scene?

5. What does this third apparition tell us about Jones' past?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the cue for the formless fears to appear?

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

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

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

6. How does Emperor Jones dispel the apparition in Act 1, Scene 7?

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

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

9. In what way is Emperor Jones' situation ironic?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Research essay. How has this play been staged in the past? Taking what you can from past reviews, describe the physical properties of professional productions.

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

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?

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