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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 is the basis for Smithers' authority in the palace?

2. How does Emperor Jones return to the forest at the end of the second forest scene?

3. What does Emperor Jones decide to do after he rings for the servants?

4. Where have all the natives gone when the play is just beginning?

5. What do the dark figures represent who Emperor Jones sees in the woods?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What irony does Smithers point out in the final scene?

3. How are the formless fears manifested on stage?

4. Describe the apparition Emperor Jones sees in the fourth forest scene.

5. List two interpretations of Jones' vision in the fourth forest scene.

6. How have the natives prepared to kill Emperor Jones?

7. In what way is the routine of the palace out of the ordinary as the play begins?

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. Where is the native woman going in the first scene?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Emperor Jones is almost offered up as a sacrifice to the crocodile. What else is sacrificed in the play? Describe three sacrifices. What is given up? What does the sacrificer hope to obtain in return?

Essay Topic 2

The witch doctor dances in front of Emperor Jones and he makes it clear that Jones is a force of evil and he should be sacrificed. How is evil defined in the play? Are there different definitions? Does one definition prevail over the others? Do you think that the author agrees with any one particular character's ideas of evil?

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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