The Emperor Jones Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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