Joe Turner's Come and Gone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Seth suggest Herald Loomis might do?

2. What did the last person Seth said "wasn't right" do?

3. Why can't Bynum tell Selig the meaning of life?

4. Who leads the Juba, as the caller?

5. What do lenders want from Seth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bertha says Bynum has been doing all morning at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

4. What is Jeremy's initial reaction to Molly Cunningham?

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

6. Describe what Bynum tells Jeremy about touching.

7. To what does Seth attribute Selig's ability to find people?

8. How does Loomis describe his wife to Selig?

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

10. What does Loomis ask about God?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of being trapped in a relationship in the play.

1) Why do men leave women in the play? Why does Jack leave Mattie? Why did Bynum leave his woman?

2) What makes a character stay in a relationship? Is a relationship always a kind of entrapment in the play?

3) Why do women want men to stay in the play? How is Molly's attitude different than Mattie's? Would Molly feel trapped in a relationship?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of financial independence to characters in the story.

1) Seth wants to gain financial independence by starting his own business. What stops him from achieving his goal? Why is this an important goal for him?

2) Molly doesn't want to be "bought." She wants to be independent, while not working. What kind of independence does she achieve? How does money play into her independence?

3) Why does Mattie continue to work while she is with Jeremy? Does her working keep them separate?

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