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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 Molly go after paying Seth for a week's board and lodging?

2. What does Bynum caution Jeremy that he's doing to Mattie, asking her to move in so soon?

3. What does Seth say about Martha's last name?

4. Who is Herald Loomis looking for?

5. How long does Seth say Bynum has been at the rooming house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Reuben imagine it would be like if Eugene's ghost came back?

2. Describe what it means to "Juba."

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

4. What does Seth say to Loomis, when Loomis first enters in Act 2, Scene 2?

5. When Seth and Bertha leave Mattie and Loomis alone, what does Mattie ask Loomis about?

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

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

8. What was Bynum's first reaction to finding his song?

9. What is Molly's opinion about Mattie's job?

10. What is Loomis' reaction to Seth's demand on him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss loneliness in the play.

1) Mattie is lonely and starts a relationship with Jeremy to combat loneliness. Why does she agree to this relationship? Why can't she overcome her loneliness?

2) How does Loomis deal with being alone? How does Bynum deal with being alone?

3) Does a society of friends or companions fulfill loneliness in the play, or can only a love relationship fulfill loneliness? What role does spirituality play in fulfilling loneliness?

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 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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