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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 say was Martha's job, when Bynum first came to the rooming house?

2. What does Mattie say about moving in to the boardinghouse?

3. In what strange way does Loomis start to speak?

4. Where does Bynum say everyone in the vision is going?

5. Why is it odd that Loomis is wearing his coat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what Seth sees out the window at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1. What is Seth's reaction to it?

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

4. How does Loomis describe his wife to Selig?

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

6. Describe Bertha's attitude toward Herald Loomis.

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

8. Why doesn't Seth like Herald Loomis?

9. What is the significance of Bynum's asking Loomis if he's ever been to Johnstown?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though black slaves have been freed, the characters in the play still experience oppression. Discuss oppression in the play.

1) How is Jeremy oppressed, both when he is arrested and when he is fired from his job? What forces make this oppression possible?

2) Does Seth experience oppression or prejudice? Does his lack of backing in his metalworking plan and his relationship with Selig indicate any prejudice?

3) Is Bertha's story of how Selig makes money finding people credible? What significance does it have?

4) What forces in society lead to oppression of the characters in the story?

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

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?

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