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. Where is God walking on earth after not visiting there for 300 or 400 years?

2. What does God have on His feet?

3. What does Carlisle want to know about God?

4. What is the girl on the stump doing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does God say about Cain's actions?

4. How does preacher Deshee describe God when the children want to know what he looks like?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are the circumstances for Cain meeting his future wife?

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, 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, THE GREEN PASTURES as a Drama Ahead of Its Time. Points in your essay should include the Civil Rights situation of blacks in the 1920s, the fact that this was a Broadway play with an all black cast, and the reasons for the discrepancies between the play's Biblical concepts and what is actually found in the Bible.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, Comedy in THE GREEN PASTURES. Select three scenes from the play that are played for their comic value. Describe the scenes and the elements that classify them as comedy. Evaluate the purpose of comedy in such a play.

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