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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. Why does Jeremy tell Mattie she should move in with him?

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

3. What does Seth say was Martha's job, when Bynum first came to the rooming house?

4. How does Jeremy say Mattie treats him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What warning does Bynum give Mattie Campbell?

3. What does Reuben say the ghost he saw did and said?

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

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

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

7. What is Loomis' reaction to walking in on the Juba?

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

9. What is Seth's response to Molly telling him that she likes "company"?

10. What does Seth report that Loomis is doing, after he's left the boardinghouse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss religion in the play.

1) What is the significance of the washing in blood that appears both in Bynum's vision and in the end of the play? What religious significance does it have?

2) Compare the Christian religion of the characters to Bynum's spiritualism. What parallels do they have? How are they different? Where does each arise from?

3) Why does Loomis rail against religion? What significance is there to the fact that Martha followed her church away from Loomis?

Essay Topic 2

Trauma is the enduring effects of an injury, such as slavery, which leaves a generations-long mark on African-Americans. Discuss trauma in the play.

1) How has Herald Loomis' trauma from being enslaved affected him and his life? Do any of the other characters affected a similar trauma?

2) How do the cultural repercussions of slavery affect Jeremy?

3) How do the cultural repercussions of slavery affect the women in the play and their relationships with men?

4) How is trauma from Herald Loomis' experience passed down to Zonia?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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