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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 did the last person Seth said "wasn't right" do?
2. How long does Seth say Bynum has been at the rooming house?
3. What was Jeremy arrested for?
4. What does Seth say was Martha's job, when Bynum first came to the rooming house?
5. What instrument does Seth play?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Seth greet Loomis when he comes down the stairs at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?
2. What does Jeremy say happened to cause him to be arrested?
3. What is Seth's opinion of Bynum's behavior with Loomis after the Juba?
4. Describe what Seth sees out the window at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1. What is Seth's reaction to it?
5. What does Bertha says Bynum has been doing all morning at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?
6. What is Jeremy's initial reaction to Molly Cunningham?
7. Describe Bynum's meeting with the shiny man.
8. What does Bynum says "shows what a woman is"?
9. What does Bertha say is the worst use of a man?
10. Why does Jeremy not want to enter a guitar-playing contest?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Discuss the importance of financial independence to characters in the story.
1) Seth wants to gain financial independence by starting his own business. What stops him from achieving his goal? Why is this an important goal for him?
2) Molly doesn't want to be "bought." She wants to be independent, while not working. What kind of independence does she achieve? How does money play into her independence?
3) Why does Mattie continue to work while she is with Jeremy? Does her working keep them separate?
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