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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. Where does Bynum say he gets his name?

2. Why is it odd that Loomis is wearing his coat?

3. What spiritual entity is mentioned in the Juba, as noted in the play's stage direction?

4. Why can't Bynum tell Selig the meaning of life?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mattie tell Loomis when he says he needs to find a starting place?

4. Why doesn't Seth like Herald Loomis?

5. Describe Bynum's meeting with the shiny man.

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

7. What reason does Bynum give for why he doesn't think Herald Loomis is a gambler?

8. What problem does Seth foresee for Jeremy, and what does Seth suggest as a solution?

9. What does Selig tell Bynum on his second visit about Bynum's "shiny man"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in the story search for meaning in their lives. Discuss this search for meaning.

1) What meaning has Bynum found in life? Why does Bynum say that others need to find the meaning of life for themselves?

2) What makes life meaningful for Jeremy? Will he continue to find this meaning fulfilling?

3) What does Seth find meaningful in life? Is Seth satisfied with his life? Does he search for meaning?

4) What meaning is Loomis searching for in his life? What about the other characters, such as Mattie and Molly?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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