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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which term describes the tone of the fourth forest scene?
2. How does Emperor Jones feel when he enters the sixth forest scene?
3. Which religion predominates in Emperor Jones' final vision?
4. What apparition does Emperor Jones see in this fourth forest scene?
5. What does Emperor Jones do when he comes on stage in the fourth forest scene?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Henry Smithers is the only white man in the play, and the witch doctor and Lem and the old woman in the first scene are the only natives with speaking roles. Compare and contrast the roles of the white and black characters. How are they the same? How are they different? What difference does skin color make in this play? What can Smithers do that the natives cannot, and vice versa? Are these characters presented as individuals, or as typifying their respective races?
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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