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

2. Why did Martha leave the rooming house?

3. Has Seth been successful finding funding for his business?

4. What does Bynum say a woman can do?

5. What did the last person Seth said "wasn't right" do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Seth say he wants Jeremy to get his guitar?

2. What does Molly say about her father?

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

4. Describe Bertha's attitude toward Herald Loomis.

5. What does Bynum say he can see on people?

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

7. How does Loomis describe his wife to Selig?

8. What is Seth's response to Molly telling him that she likes "company"?

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

10. How does Seth greet Loomis when he comes down the stairs at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the concept of being trapped in a relationship in the play.

1) Why do men leave women in the play? Why does Jack leave Mattie? Why did Bynum leave his woman?

2) What makes a character stay in a relationship? Is a relationship always a kind of entrapment in the play?

3) Why do women want men to stay in the play? How is Molly's attitude different than Mattie's? Would Molly feel trapped in a relationship?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the losing of the self in the play.

1) How does Loomis lose himself and his identity in the play? Why can't he reclaim it?

2) What is the significance of a person's Song, as Bynum describes it, and how does losing one's Song equate to losing one's self?

3) How can characters find themselves? Which characters are still lost at the end of the play?

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