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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 is Bynum's reaction when Seth suggests a Juba?
2. What does Seth say was Martha's job, when Bynum first came to the rooming house?
3. Why did Martha leave the rooming house?
4. Who does Bertha say she gets along with?
5. Who is Sally?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Bynum say he sees about Loomis?
2. Describe what Bynum tells Jeremy about touching.
3. How does Loomis describe his wife to Selig?
4. What does Reuben say the ghost he saw did and said?
5. What does Bertha says Bynum has been doing all morning at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?
6. What warning does Bynum give Mattie Campbell?
7. What is Loomis' reaction to Seth's demand on him?
8. Describe what Reuben says he still has from Eugene and what he plans to do with it.
9. How did Loomis come to be reunited with his daughter but separated from his wife?
10. Describe what it means to "Juba."
Essay Topic 1
Discuss what children gain from their parents in the play.
1) Seth learned metalworking from his father, and many of the characters learned trades from their parents. What significance does this have in the story? Is a person fated or destined to a certain life based on their parents?
2) What significance is there to Selig's story of his great-grandfather captaining slave ships and his father retrieving slaves for plantation owners? What about Bynum's inheritance of spiritual power from his father the healer?
3) What does Zonia gain from her father and from her mother? What does she inherit from them?
Essay Topic 2
Trauma is the enduring effects of an injury, such as slavery, which leaves a generations-long mark on African-Americans. Discuss trauma in the play.
1) How has Herald Loomis' trauma from being enslaved affected him and his life? Do any of the other characters affected a similar trauma?
2) How do the cultural repercussions of slavery affect Jeremy?
3) How do the cultural repercussions of slavery affect the women in the play and their relationships with men?
4) How is trauma from Herald Loomis' experience passed down to Zonia?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one's responsibility to one's self and to others in the play.
1) What responsibility does Martha have to Herald after he is enslaved? Is she wrong to leave, instead of waiting for him indefinitely?
2) What responsibility does Herald have toward Martha? Does he fulfill his responsibilities?
3) Is it more important in the play to live for one's self, as Molly seems to, or to live for others, as Mattie seems to?
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