Joe Turner's Come and Gone 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 fine did Jeremy have to pay?

2. Why does Seth say jokingly that he married Bertha?

3. How does Bynum say that Seth looks?

4. What chore does Bertha ask Seth to help her with?

5. How much time has passed between the end of Act 1, Scene 2 and the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bertha say is the worst use of a man?

2. What does Bynum say he can see on people?

3. Describe what Seth sees out the window at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1. What is Seth's reaction to it?

4. What is Molly's reaction to the death of Mattie's two babies?

5. What does Seth say to Loomis, when Loomis first enters in Act 2, Scene 2?

6. What does Bynum describe his father doing that made a fuss?

7. What does Molly say about her father?

8. What is the first thing Loomis describes about his vision?

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

10. What was Bynum's first reaction to finding his song?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concept of being trapped in a relationship in the play.

1) Why do men leave women in the play? Why does Jack leave Mattie? Why did Bynum leave his woman?

2) What makes a character stay in a relationship? Is a relationship always a kind of entrapment in the play?

3) Why do women want men to stay in the play? How is Molly's attitude different than Mattie's? Would Molly feel trapped in a relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the meaning of Eugene's pigeons in the play.

1) Why does Reuben keep Eugene's pigeons instead of setting them free? Why might Eugene want the pigeons set free after his death?

2) Why does Seth's mother's ghost come and force Reuben to free the pigeons?

3) What symbolism do the pigeons have in Bynum's rituals?

Essay Topic 3

Disuss the losing of others in the play.

1) Why do characters need each other and find themselves bound together in the play?

2) Why do characters, such as Jack and Martha, leave others in the play? What is the significance to the leaver, and what is the significance to the one who is left?

3) Once a person in the play has lost another, is it possible to reclaim that lost person? Why or why not?

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