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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 apologize to Molly for?
2. What does Mattie give to Zonia?
3. Who does Bynum say he bound?
4. What does Molly say about whether she would have gone to Bynum's father?
5. What suggestion does Molly give Jeremy about his job?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1Discuss 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 2Discuss the importance of financial independence to characters in the story. 1) Seth wants to gain financial independence by starting his own business. What stops him from achieving his goal? Why is this an important goal for him? 2) Molly doesn't want to be "bought." She wants to be independent, while not working. What kind of independence does she achieve? How does money play into her independence? 3) Why does Mattie continue to work while she is with Jeremy? Does her working keep them separate?
Essay Topic 3Discuss 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?
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