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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 does Emperor Jones do to make Jeff disappear?

2. How does the second forest scene open?

3. Which answer describes Jeff's movements?

4. How much light is there in the scene where Emperor Jones sees the formless black figures?

5. What color is Jones' uniform?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the setting for Act 1, Scene 5, the fourth forest scene.

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

3. What effect do the formless fears have on Emperor Jones?

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

5. How long has Emperor Jones been walking when the second forest scene begins?

6. Describe the structure at the center of the stage as the sixth forest scene opens.

7. How does the sound of the tom-tom change over the course of the second forest scene?

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

9. Which characters talk about Jones in the final scene? What do they say?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Emperor Jones uses violence to solve certain problems in his life, but he is brought down by an act of violence himself. Compare and contrast his murder of Jeff and his murder by the natives. How are they similar? How are they different? Is one act of violence equivalent to another? Is one more or less just than the other?

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

What are the different justifications for authority in Emperor Jones? Does the play shift from one kind of authority to another? Citing specific examples from the script, describe the different claims to authority in Emperor Jones.

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