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. How do the children disturb preacher Deshee?

2. Far away from God, what does Cain see?

3. What does Zeba remember about Cain the Sixth?

4. What do Cain the Sixth and the gambling men do at the ark?

5. What does preacher Deshee call Cain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After 300 or 400 years, what does God decide to do and why?

3. What does Cain look like?

4. How do the children see God in the play?

5. When Cain at first finds no other people, what does he think?

6. What does Adam seem to be very proud of?

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

8. Who is the rude boy who comes to meet Zeba while God is talking to her?

9. Explain the setting for the play.

10. How does the playwright indicate that long journeys on foot be presented on a small stage?

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, What the Viewer Can Get from THE GREEN PASTURES Today. Placing the play in its Depression era setting, your essay should include (1) how black stereotypes are used in the play, (2) the play's value in giving a real sense of history, and (3) the importance of remembering stereotypes as a way of keeping social perspective.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, The Concept of Sin in THE GREEN PASTURES. Select scenes that deal with sin in the play [e.g., Noah's description of the people's behavior and Zeba's behavior or Cain the Sixth's character] to discuss the overt human actions looked upon as sin in the play. Include how God prohibits dancing on the moon by declaring it a sin.

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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