Funnyhouse of a Negro Test | Final Test - Hard

Adrienne Kennedy
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the African-American man's mother want him to travel to?

2. In Part 4, who does the Landlady say died?

3. Which characters are in the scene when Part 4 begins?

4. In whose home does Jesus fall asleep in?

5. What does the cross symbolize in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Monologues are prevalent in Adrienne Kennedy's play. Define what a monologue is and how Kennedy uses them in her play. Why did Kennedy elect to use monologues rather then conversations between characters to tell Sarah's story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of the knocking sound throughout the play. When does the knocking sound occur? Who makes the noise? What does the knocking represent? Site specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolic nature of the hair loss each character experiences. What does the hair loss signify? Why is it important? How do the characters hide their hair loss and what does this concealment mean? Choose two characters and discuss what events cause their hair loss. Site specific examples from the text to make your argument.

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