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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 Seth having difficulty finding at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?
2. What does Loomis start to do to demonstrate how big he is?
3. What does Mattie offer to help with?
4. What two meals does Seth provide for his boarders?
5. Who left the rooming house, still owing Seth two dollars?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Molly's opinion about Mattie's job?
2. What does Reuben say the ghost he saw did and said?
3. Describe what it means to "Juba."
4. What does Loomis ask about God?
5. What does Seth say to Loomis, when Loomis first enters in Act 2, Scene 2?
6. How does Jeremy and Mattie's relationship progress?
7. What is Molly's reaction to the death of Mattie's two babies?
8. Why does Seth say he wants Jeremy to get his guitar?
9. Why does Jeremy not want to enter a guitar-playing contest?
10. Describe what Reuben says he still has from Eugene and what he plans to do with it.
Essay Topic 1
Discuss hope in the story.
1) Why do the freed slaves come north to Pittsburgh? What does Seth think and say about their hope for a new life? How accurate is Seth's opinion?
2) Do the characters have hope during the play? Do any of the characters, such as Loomis, Jeremy, or Mattie, gain hope? What do they hope for?
3) What role does hope play in life and happiness in the play? Is hope helpful or harmful?
Essay Topic 2
Though black slaves have been freed, the characters in the play still experience oppression. Discuss oppression in the play.
1) How is Jeremy oppressed, both when he is arrested and when he is fired from his job? What forces make this oppression possible?
2) Does Seth experience oppression or prejudice? Does his lack of backing in his metalworking plan and his relationship with Selig indicate any prejudice?
3) Is Bertha's story of how Selig makes money finding people credible? What significance does it have?
4) What forces in society lead to oppression of the characters in the story?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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