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 long does Cain feel he has been walking to get to the Land of Nod?

2. How is this Adam different from the story in the Bible?

3. Why does God tell Cain to raise children?

4. What is the girl's name?

5. Where in the Bible does preacher Deshee start reading?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the activity of the girl sitting on a tree stump when God sees her.

5. What does Cain look like?

6. What is unique about THE GREEN PASTURES for its day?

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

8. Why do the people refuse to bury Flatfoot after Cain the Sixth stabs him?

9. Describe God's office in heaven.

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

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, Settings in THE GREEN PASTURES. Explain the use of a black lodge meeting hall and a black nightclub as settings in the play. Explain how these sets define the experience of the black community in the early twentieth century.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, From THE GREEN PASTURES to PRECIOUS: How the Entertainment Industry Helped Change the Concept of Black Culture. You may need to do a bit of research on stage and film dramas which gradually integrated black characters into mainstream drama, doing away with the stereotypical depictions of the past.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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