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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 much time passes between the end of Act 1, Scene 1, and the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Who leads the Juba, as the caller?

3. What type of business does Seth want to start?

4. What is Selig's nickname?

5. What does Bertha call Zonia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Seth's opinion of Bynum's behavior with Loomis after the Juba?

2. What does Bynum say in defense of Loomis?

3. To what does Seth attribute Selig's ability to find people?

4. What is Seth's response to Molly telling him that she likes "company"?

5. What does Bynum say he sees about Loomis?

6. How does Loomis act when he first enters in Act 2, Scene 2?

7. What does Mattie tell Loomis when he says he needs to find a starting place?

8. What is Loomis' reaction to Seth's demand on him?

9. What is the significance of Bynum's asking Loomis if he's ever been to Johnstown?

10. What does Jeremy say happened to cause him to be arrested?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of women in the play. 1) Discuss Molly's attitude toward sex, money, and freedom. Where does this attitude come from? Is Molly healthier or happier than the other women in the play? 2) Discuss Mattie's reliance on a man in the play. Why does she need a relationship and children? 3) Discuss Bertha's role in the play. Why is Bertha always shown in the kitchen, cooking? What role does she have in her marriage with Seth? Is their relationship a healthy one?

Essay Topic 2

Loomis's vision is an important element in the play. Discuss the meaning and significance of this vision. 1) What do the bones walking on water signify? Why do they sink? Why are they washed to shore? 2) Why is Loomis one of the sets of bones that washes to shore? Why can't he rise up and walk away like the other people? 3) What does the road signify in the vision? Why do the washed-up people walk down the road in different directions?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play, there are forces that bind people and forces that tear people apart. Discuss these forces. 1) What types of things bind people to each other and to places and lives in the play? Are these things good or bad, or are some good and some bad? How do negative binding forces (like the chains of slavery) affect the other things that bind people together or to elements of their lives? 2) What types of things tear people apart in the play? Are these things good or bad, or are some good and some bad? What role might tearing apart have in building identity?

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