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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Bynum say Loomis belonged to?
2. What does Molly say her mother wouldn't do?
3. What does Seth say about Loomis' dinner?
4. What does Martha say Loomis needs?
5. What does Martha say she's been doing since Herald picked up Zonia at her mother's?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one's responsibility to one's self and to others in the play.
1) What responsibility does Martha have to Herald after he is enslaved? Is she wrong to leave, instead of waiting for him indefinitely?
2) What responsibility does Herald have toward Martha? Does he fulfill his responsibilities?
3) Is it more important in the play to live for one's self, as Molly seems to, or to live for others, as Mattie seems to?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the losing of the self in the play.
1) How does Loomis lose himself and his identity in the play? Why can't he reclaim it?
2) What is the significance of a person's Song, as Bynum describes it, and how does losing one's Song equate to losing one's self?
3) How can characters find themselves? Which characters are still lost at the end of the play?
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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