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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. Which term describes how Emperor Jones speaks after he leaves the palace?

3. What happens to lift Emperor Jones' spirits at the beginning of the second forest scene?

4. What is the basis for Smithers' authority in the palace?

5. What appears to Emperor Jones in the first scene in the forest?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the setting for Scene 6, the fifth forest scene.

4. How does Emperor Jones dispel the apparition in Act 1, Scene 7?

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

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

7. Before he sees Jeff, Emperor Jones surveys himself and assesses his plight. How does he feel about his situation?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Citing specific instances from the text, describe three literary devices O'Neill uses in Emperor Jones. These might include foreshadowing, characterization, symbolism, dialect, metaphor, etc. How does the literary device appear in the play? How does it enhance the plot, building the play toward a crisis and then resolving that crisis?

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 is the moral of Emperor Jones? Does the play teach a moral? If you think it does, describe how that lesson is presented. If you think that it does not, what does it teach us, if not a moral?

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