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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 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 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

What do we know about characters through how they speak? How does Emperor Jones' speech change throughout the play? What does the change in his speech tell us about his experience? What other voices do we hear? Do they change as well?

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