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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Seth remind Loomis of?
2. What does Loomis want to say to Martha?
3. What does Jeremy ask Molly to do?
4. What does Seth warn Jeremy, now that Jeremy has no job?
5. When does Bertha say Mattie will find what she's looking for?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Trauma is the enduring effects of an injury, such as slavery, which leaves a generations-long mark on African-Americans. Discuss trauma in the play.
1) How has Herald Loomis' trauma from being enslaved affected him and his life? Do any of the other characters affected a similar trauma?
2) How do the cultural repercussions of slavery affect Jeremy?
3) How do the cultural repercussions of slavery affect the women in the play and their relationships with men?
4) How is trauma from Herald Loomis' experience passed down to Zonia?
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
Discuss religion in the play.
1) What is the significance of the washing in blood that appears both in Bynum's vision and in the end of the play? What religious significance does it have?
2) Compare the Christian religion of the characters to Bynum's spiritualism. What parallels do they have? How are they different? Where does each arise from?
3) Why does Loomis rail against religion? What significance is there to the fact that Martha followed her church away from Loomis?
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