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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 did Selig's great grandfather do?

3. Who leads the Juba, as the caller?

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

5. What does Bertha call Zonia?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Bynum say he sees about Loomis?

3. What is Molly's reaction to the scene with Loomis after the Juba?

4. Describe what Reuben says he still has from Eugene and what he plans to do with it.

5. Describe what it means to "Juba."

6. How did Seth and Bertha come to have an empty room when Martha first came to the boardinghouse?

7. What does Martha say happened to her when Herald was taken away?

8. Why does Jeremy not want to enter a guitar-playing contest?

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

10. What warning does Bynum give Mattie Campbell?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of music throughout the play.

1) What role does the Juba play? What type of music is this? What is its origin and meaning, and why does it make Loomis angry?

2) What role does Jeremy's music play in the story? Why does he carry his guitar with him? What does his music say about his character?

3) What role does the song "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" play in the story? Is it important that Joe Turner's name is embodied in song? Why does the name come to Bynum through a song?

4) How does the Binding Song or Bynum's father's Healing Song relate to the role of music in the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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