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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. How has Emperor Jones changed in the first four scenes?

2. Where does the third forest scene begin?

3. What color is the throne?

4. How do the figures that Emperor Jones sees in the forest move?

5. How does Emperor Jones feel when he is orienting himself in the forest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives Emperor Jones his confidence when he learns that the natives are rising against him?

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

3. Describe Emperor Jones' state of mind at the beginning of the third forest scene.

4. What does Emperor Jones do when he sees Jeff?

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

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

7. What relationship binds Emperor Jones to the figures in the vision he sees in the fifth 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 does Emperor Jones feel when he talks to Jeff, but Jeff does not respond?

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

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

Does Emperor Jones simply get what is coming to him, or does he learn anything through the course of the play?

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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