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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 is it odd that Loomis is wearing his coat?

2. Has Seth been successful finding funding for his business?

3. What did Mattie's man say was on her?

4. What floor does Seth say he's got a room available on?

5. What does Seth think of Bynum's story of a shiny man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bynum say he sees about Loomis?

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

3. How does Jeremy and Mattie's relationship progress?

4. What problem does Seth foresee for Jeremy, and what does Seth suggest as a solution?

5. Describe what Bynum tells Jeremy about touching.

6. When Bynum presses Loomis, saying "then...what happened," what does Loomis tell about his vision?

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

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

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

10. Why doesn't Seth like Herald Loomis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one's responsibility to one's self and to others in the play.

1) What responsibility does Martha have to Herald after he is enslaved? Is she wrong to leave, instead of waiting for him indefinitely?

2) What responsibility does Herald have toward Martha? Does he fulfill his responsibilities?

3) Is it more important in the play to live for one's self, as Molly seems to, or to live for others, as Mattie seems to?

Essay Topic 2

Loomis's vision is an important element in the play. Discuss the meaning and significance of this vision.

1) What do the bones walking on water signify? Why do they sink? Why are they washed to shore?

2) Why is Loomis one of the sets of bones that washes to shore? Why can't he rise up and walk away like the other people?

3) What does the road signify in the vision? Why do the washed-up people walk down the road in different directions?

Essay Topic 3

Disuss the losing of others in the play.

1) Why do characters need each other and find themselves bound together in the play?

2) Why do characters, such as Jack and Martha, leave others in the play? What is the significance to the leaver, and what is the significance to the one who is left?

3) Once a person in the play has lost another, is it possible to reclaim that lost person? Why or why not?

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