The Green Pastures Test | Final 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 is the illusion of marching created on stage?

2. What is Moses' handicap when God comes to talk to him?

3. What trick finally gets Pharaoh to let Moses' people go?

4. After God refuses the thunderbolts, what does Gabriel recommend?

5. What happens to the turkey-berry bush?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is God happy as Noah, his family, and the animals leave the ark?

2. Why does Joshua lead the Hebrews across the River Jordan?

3. What is happening on Earth as the play comes to an end?

4. How does God introduce himself to Hezdrel when he goes back to Earth?

5. Describe the commotion that is going on that brings Gabriel to God's office.

6. Why does God say he does not like Hosea?

7. What is happening on the ark after Noah and his family have been on board for a long time?

8. What does Moses say to Pharaoh just before the last trick is performed?

9. What does God say he will give Moses to make Pharaoh let the people leave Egypt?

10. What does Ham discover when he throws the sounding line over the side of the ark?

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, 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, The Contrast Between Noah and the People. Your essay should go into the details of the people's behavior that causes God to want to destroy them all; the efforts of Noah to preach to the people; and, finally, the fact that only Noah is disturbed when the people refuse to bury Flatfoot after his murder.

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