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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 does Bertha suggest Seth do?

2. What does Bynum compare a woman to, that's "all a man needs to live on"?

3. What happens when Loomis has a vision?

4. Who offers help if Mattie or Molly need anything, now that they've moved into the rooming house?

5. What do Seth and Bertha say about Loomis after he interrupts the Juba?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Reuben say the ghost he saw was like in real life?

2. Describe Bertha's attitude toward Herald Loomis.

3. What does Seth report that Loomis is doing, after he's left the boardinghouse?

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

5. What does Bertha advise Mattie about Bynum?

6. What does Bynum say in defense of Loomis?

7. When Bynum presses Loomis, saying "then...what happened," what does Loomis tell about his vision?

8. What does Reuben say the ghost he saw did and said?

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

10. What is Molly's opinion about Mattie's job?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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