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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Cora and William discuss, regarding Bert?

2. What do Cora and William worry about Bert's place in society?

3. Whose son is young Billy?

4. With what does the Colonel start to follow Bert?

5. What do Cora and Bert begin to do, after he tells her this news?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does this guest say about Bert?

2. What does Cora say in response to Bert?

3. How does Cora react when she comes down the stairs? How does Bert seem?

4. How does the argument quickly escalate?

5. Why does the Undertaker ask Sam to find Cora?

6. How does this scene open?

7. How does the Colonel feel about Robert's behavior?

8. Describe Sallie. What does she do when she enters the room?

9. About what are Norwood and Cora discussing, regarding Sallie and Robert?

10. What does William do when he arrives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bet kills Norwood?

Part 1) Why? How? How does Bert feel about his actions?

Part 2) What foreshadowed this event? Are you surprised by this event? Why or why not?

Part 3) How might audiences in the 1930s have reacted to this? How might audiences today react? Compare and contrast their reactions.

Essay Topic 2

Bert is filled with hatred.

Part 1) Who does he hate? Why?

Part 2) What has caused this hatred? Is he able to rid himself of this hatred? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does Bert's hatred reflect that of many African Americans at this time in American history?

Essay Topic 3

The two men in the center of the conflict in this play are gone.

Part 1) How do their deaths affect or will affect the other characters in this play? Explain.

Part 2) What is the author's purpose for their deaths?

Part 3) Compare and contrast the audience members' thoughts about these deaths in the 1930s and today. What accounts for the similarities and differences?

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