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 do Jeremy and Molly compliment Bertha on?

2. In what strange way does Loomis start to speak?

3. Who does Bertha suggest Martha first came to the town to see?

4. Why did Selig leave his wife?

5. What does Loomis say he's waiting on, when Bynum asks him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bynum say he sees about Loomis?

2. Describe what Bynum tells Jeremy about touching.

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

4. What does Bynum says "shows what a woman is"?

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

6. What does Bynum say about to Mattie luck?

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

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

9. Describe Bertha's attitude toward Herald Loomis.

10. Describe what it means to "Juba."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss religion in the play.

1) What is the significance of the washing in blood that appears both in Bynum's vision and in the end of the play? What religious significance does it have?

2) Compare the Christian religion of the characters to Bynum's spiritualism. What parallels do they have? How are they different? Where does each arise from?

3) Why does Loomis rail against religion? What significance is there to the fact that Martha followed her church away from Loomis?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss enslavement in the play.

1) What different types of enslavement are there in the play? How is Bynum's binding an enslavement? Is being in a relationship enslaving? Is religion enslaving?

2) In what ways is Loomis still enslaved by his seven years' labor for Joe Turner? What long-term effects does enslavement have on the characters?

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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