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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 throne in the palace made of?

2. What does Emperor Jones tell himself at the beginning of the third forest scene?

3. How does Emperor Jones' flight recall his time in America?

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

5. Why does Emperor Jones head for the forest at the end of the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that gives Emperor Jones the courage to act in the fourth forest scene?

2. Describe Emperor Jones' appearance in the fifth forest scene.

3. Describe Emperor Jones' state of mind in the second scene.

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

5. How does Emperor Jones' experience in the second scene echo his experience in America?

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

7. Describe how Emperor Jones changes his clothing in the fourth forest scene.

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

9. How does Emperor Jones' appearance change in the third forest scene?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Emperor Jones' visions portray both historical and personal scenes. Describe the effect of the historical scenes, and the personal scenes, and compare and contrast the scenes. Is Emperor Jones a historical play, or a play about one man's flight from justice?

Essay Topic 2

Describe three things Emperor Jones is guilty about. Does he purge his guilt for any or all of them? Does he use different methods to purge his guilt over any one of the things he has done? Does he ever get free of his guilt or is he killed with guilt heavy on his conscience?

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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