Joe Turner's Come and Gone Test | 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 does Loomis say about Mattie's dress?

2. What does Martha say she's been doing since Herald picked up Zonia at her mother's?

3. Who taught Seth to make pots and pans?

4. How long has Bertha been with Seth?

5. What does Martha say Loomis needs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Herald Loomis says that he is trying to find a place to fit. Discuss this concept in the play.

1) Which of the characters' have found places to fit in the world? How do they fit into their destinies?

2) Is there only one place, one destiny, for each character? Is Bynum able to "match" people to the places they fit, like suggesting that Jeremy go play in the guitar contests?

3) What makes a character fit into his or her place? Does this necessarily involve a job or a relationship?

4) Can Herald Loomis be successful in finding a place to fit in the world? Will finding Martha help him do this?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The characters in the story search for meaning in their lives. Discuss this search for meaning.

1) What meaning has Bynum found in life? Why does Bynum say that others need to find the meaning of life for themselves?

2) What makes life meaningful for Jeremy? Will he continue to find this meaning fulfilling?

3) What does Seth find meaningful in life? Is Seth satisfied with his life? Does he search for meaning?

4) What meaning is Loomis searching for in his life? What about the other characters, such as Mattie and Molly?

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