Joe Turner's Come and Gone Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Loomis doing when Joe Turner caught him?

2. What does Reuben say the ghost was wearing?

3. Who did Reuben see out in the yard the previous night?

4. Who does Loomis say he's finding his wife for?

5. Where does Bynum say the song he starts singing comes from?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss what children gain from their parents in the play.

1) Seth learned metalworking from his father, and many of the characters learned trades from their parents. What significance does this have in the story? Is a person fated or destined to a certain life based on their parents?

2) What significance is there to Selig's story of his great-grandfather captaining slave ships and his father retrieving slaves for plantation owners? What about Bynum's inheritance of spiritual power from his father the healer?

3) What does Zonia gain from her father and from her mother? What does she inherit from them?

Essay Topic 3

Disuss the losing of others in the play.

1) Why do characters need each other and find themselves bound together in the play?

2) Why do characters, such as Jack and Martha, leave others in the play? What is the significance to the leaver, and what is the significance to the one who is left?

3) Once a person in the play has lost another, is it possible to reclaim that lost person? Why or why not?

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