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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 Loomis say he can't stand up?
2. Who does Jeremy compare Bertha's cooking to?
3. What is Selig's nickname?
4. What happens when Loomis has a vision?
5. When will Selig come again?
Short Essay Questions
1. What state is Bynum in immediately after dinner and before the Juba?
2. How does Loomis describe his wife to Selig?
3. What does Bertha advise Mattie about Bynum?
4. What is Molly's opinion about Mattie's job?
5. What does Bertha says Bynum has been doing all morning at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?
6. How does Loomis act when he first enters in Act 2, Scene 2?
7. Describe Bertha's attitude toward Herald Loomis.
8. Describe what Seth sees out the window at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1. What is Seth's reaction to it?
9. What does Seth report that Loomis is doing, after he's left the boardinghouse?
10. What does Reuben say the ghost he saw was like in real life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss hope in the story.
1) Why do the freed slaves come north to Pittsburgh? What does Seth think and say about their hope for a new life? How accurate is Seth's opinion?
2) Do the characters have hope during the play? Do any of the characters, such as Loomis, Jeremy, or Mattie, gain hope? What do they hope for?
3) What role does hope play in life and happiness in the play? Is hope helpful or harmful?
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
Throughout the play, there are forces that bind people and forces that tear people apart. Discuss these forces.
1) What types of things bind people to each other and to places and lives in the play? Are these things good or bad, or are some good and some bad? How do negative binding forces (like the chains of slavery) affect the other things that bind people together or to elements of their lives?
2) What types of things tear people apart in the play? Are these things good or bad, or are some good and some bad? What role might tearing apart have in building identity?
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