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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. Who is the first-born son of Cora and the Colonel?

2. For what does the guest chide the Colonel?

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

4. What does Norwood come in and order Bert to do?

5. Of what does Cora stop and remind the Colonel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the scene end?

2. What does Cora do after William leaves?

3. Of what does William warn Cora? What does her response lead William to think of her?

4. Why does Bert dismiss their concerns?

5. What does Cora say in response to Bert?

6. How does Bert try to justify his position?

7. What do Cora, William, and Bert discuss?

8. What does Norwood tell Bert, regarding his behavior compared to the others?

9. What does Cora say to Bert, as they enter?

10. What will Norwood not tolerate? Of what does Norwood warn Bert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cora seems calm after Norwood's death.

Part 1) Why is she so calm? Are you surprised by her reaction to his violent death?

Part 2) How has her character and personality been changed by this death? Will this be a permanent change? Explain.

Part 3) Compare and contrast her reaction to the reactions of others. Why do these similarities and differences exist?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There is conflict between Norwood and his black "family."

Part 1) Why is there conflict?

Part 2) Would this conflict have been typical at this time and location in America? Why or why not?

Part 3) Why can Norwood not end this conflict? What is stopping him from ending it?

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