The Green Pastures Test | 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. Who is the couple who comes to make fun of Noah?

2. What pleases Adam after he gets used to being a man?

3. What does God tell Adam and Eve to do?

4. How many good people does God say he has found?

5. What does the girl do after she gets Cain's attention?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the angels doing at the fish fry in heaven?

2. How does Noah describe the condition of mankind on Earth?

3. What does Cain look like?

4. What is the scene like in Noah's house?

5. What does Cain say provoked him to kill Abel?

6. Describe Noah as his sons do the construction on the ark.

7. What is the point of view for the plot to proceed?

8. After meeting a succession of sinners, describe how God meets up with Noah.

9. Who is left in charge in heaven in God's absence?

10. Why is God told that the moon is melting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, The Position of Women in THE GREEN PASTURES. In your essay give examples [e.g., the cleaning women in God's office] to illustrate two points: (1) black women as inferior because of their ethnicity, and (2) black women subservient to black men [e.g., Mrs. Noah].

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, Black Heaven in THE GREEN PASTURES. Itemize the features of heaven as presented in the play and discuss them as being relevant to the black culture of their day. Contrast the idea of a community fish fry to the more conventional concept of walking on golden streets strumming a harp.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic,The Use of Music in THE GREEN PASTURES. If possible listen to the music from a DVD of the movie made in 1936 during the Great Depression. Discuss the quality of the music, the choices of the songs, and the impact of the choir as a soundtrack for both the stage play and the movie.

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