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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 Selig ask Seth to make with the metal sheets he's brought?
2. What is Seth having difficulty finding at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?
3. Why doesn't Seth want to tell Loomis where Martha is?
4. What do Seth and Bertha say about Loomis after he interrupts the Juba?
5. What aspect of Mattie's looks does Jeremy comment on favorably?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Seth's attitude to the black men coming to the city to find work and freedom?
2. Describe what Reuben says he still has from Eugene and what he plans to do with it.
3. What does Bynum says "shows what a woman is"?
4. What does Jeremy say happened to cause him to be arrested?
5. How did Seth and Bertha come to have an empty room when Martha first came to the boardinghouse?
6. What is Loomis' reaction to walking in on the Juba?
7. Describe Bertha's attitude toward Herald Loomis.
8. What does Selig tell Bynum on his second visit about Bynum's "shiny man"?
9. What is the first thing Loomis describes about his vision?
10. Describe Bynum's meeting with the shiny man.
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 loneliness in the play.
1) Mattie is lonely and starts a relationship with Jeremy to combat loneliness. Why does she agree to this relationship? Why can't she overcome her loneliness?
2) How does Loomis deal with being alone? How does Bynum deal with being alone?
3) Does a society of friends or companions fulfill loneliness in the play, or can only a love relationship fulfill loneliness? What role does spirituality play in fulfilling loneliness?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the role of music throughout the play.
1) What role does the Juba play? What type of music is this? What is its origin and meaning, and why does it make Loomis angry?
2) What role does Jeremy's music play in the story? Why does he carry his guitar with him? What does his music say about his character?
3) What role does the song "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" play in the story? Is it important that Joe Turner's name is embodied in song? Why does the name come to Bynum through a song?
4) How does the Binding Song or Bynum's father's Healing Song relate to the role of music in the play?
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