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. What are Adam and Eve supposed to do?

2. What does God promise Noah?

3. What is Cain's excuse for what he did to Abel?

4. What are they gathering to put in the ark?

5. What is so odd to the people about the ark?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the disagreement God and Noah have over the provisions for the ark?

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

5. What has Cain done as God comes down to Earth?

6. Where does God tell Cain to go?

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

8. What does Cain look like?

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

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, Costuming in THE GREEN PASTURES. Going from the Cherubs to the adult angels to the unnamed Archangel to Gabriel and, finally, to God, discuss how costuming makes clear the relative ranks of the individual characters.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, Gabriel and His Trumpet in THE GREEN PASTURES. First, explain the symbolic meaning of Gabriel's blowing his trumpet from a religious point of view. Point out the times in the play when God cautions Gabriel about playing his trumpet. Note that Gabriel is interested in the music, but also remains aware that is trumpet playing signals the end of mankind.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, The Critics and THE GREEN PASTURES. Include how (1) Politically Correct critics might view the play; (2) how Non-Religious critics might feel; and (3) how Serious Drama critics might view the plays old fashioned story telling.

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