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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. Who is Herald Loomis looking for?

2. Who offers help if Mattie or Molly need anything, now that they've moved into the rooming house?

3. What does Bynum say a woman can do?

4. What does Loomis say is happening as Bynum tells him that everyone in the vision is standing up?

5. What does Loomis start to do to demonstrate how big he is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bynum say he sees about Loomis?

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

3. What reason does Mattie give Loomis for hoping Loomis finds his wife?

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

5. What does Loomis say that the wave in his vision washed up?

6. What state is Bynum in immediately after dinner and before the Juba?

7. What is Seth's attitude to the black men coming to the city to find work and freedom?

8. What is the first thing Loomis describes about his vision?

9. What does Bynum says "shows what a woman is"?

10. What things does Bynum say a woman taught Jeremy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the metaphor of traveling in the play.

1) In the play, freed blacks travel across the country and become separated from each other. What motivates this traveling? What does it show about these people and their experiences?

2) Characters in the play travel in search of people and things that they've lost. What are the characters searching for? Why is travel important in their search?

3) Roads play important roles in both Bynum and Loomis' visions. Explain the significance of roads and traveling in the characters' visions.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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