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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 was Jeremy arrested for?

2. Where does Herald Loomis hang around?

3. What aspect of Mattie's looks does Jeremy comment on favorably?

4. What is the first question Seth asks Molly?

5. Where did Jeremy win his dollar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bynum say about to Mattie luck?

2. What does Molly say about her father?

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

4. What reason does Bynum give for why he doesn't think Herald Loomis is a gambler?

5. What does Jeremy say happened to cause him to be arrested?

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

7. How did Selig get in the people-finding business?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in the story search for meaning in their lives. Discuss this search for meaning.

1) What meaning has Bynum found in life? Why does Bynum say that others need to find the meaning of life for themselves?

2) What makes life meaningful for Jeremy? Will he continue to find this meaning fulfilling?

3) What does Seth find meaningful in life? Is Seth satisfied with his life? Does he search for meaning?

4) What meaning is Loomis searching for in his life? What about the other characters, such as Mattie and Molly?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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