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 does Carlisle want to know about God?

2. Why does God say he has been walking the earth?

3. What does Zeba remember about Cain the Sixth?

4. What does God give Noah?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain the setting for the play.

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

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

8. What does Zeba remember when Cain the Sixth comes to poke fun at Noah and his ark?

9. At what point does Noah become aware that he is talking to God?

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

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, 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 Ark as a Steamboat in THE GREEN PASTURES. The essay should include the experience black people in Louisiana had with water transportation in the 1920s. Discuss the steamboat ark as such a concept rather than a kind of stereotypical comedy. Conclude with ways different ethnic groups might view religious artifacts.

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