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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Carol wear to protest the death penalty of Willie McGee?
(a) A barrel.
(b) Nothing.
(c) A prison uniform.
(d) A potato sack.

2. What did Lady's father do after Prohibition set in?
(a) Sold tobacco.
(b) Bootlegged.
(c) Robbed a bank.
(d) Moved to New York.

3. Who has gone to the depot to meet Lady and Jabe?
(a) Beulah.
(b) Val and Carol.
(c) Sheriff Talbott.
(d) Pee Wee and Dog.

4. Where is the play set?
(a) A morgue.
(b) A dry-goods store.
(c) A cemetery.
(d) A florist's shop.

5. What is Beulah's last name?
(a) Talbott.
(b) Hamma.
(c) Wilson.
(d) Binnings.

6. Who does Val say killed Jessie Smith?
(a) Jack Ross.
(b) Jack Daniels.
(c) Jim Crow.
(d) Jim Beam.

7. What city does Carol make a phone call to in Act 1 Scene 1?
(a) St. Louis.
(b) New Orleans.
(c) Memphis.
(d) Little Rock.

8. What is the name of the county in which the play is set?
(a) Clarksdale.
(b) Twin Peaks.
(c) Two River.
(d) Mad River.

9. What did couples do at the wine garden "back in the day"?
(a) Got married.
(b) Sold candy.
(c) Made love.
(d) Bought flowers.

10. What does Dolly compare Lady and Jabe's bedrooms to?
(a) A jail.
(b) A hospital.
(c) A nursery.
(d) A carnival.

11. What does Val say that today is in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Easter.
(b) His birthday.
(c) New Year's Eve.
(d) His anniversary.

12. What is said in Val's character reference?
(a) He stole.
(b) He's quiet.
(c) He's a peculiar talker.
(d) He's an ex-con.

13. Who does Lady call in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) The hospital.
(b) The drugstore.
(c) The Sheriff.
(d) Carol.

14. What does Beulah say that a couple who doesn't love each other develops a passion for?
(a) Food.
(b) Money.
(c) Children.
(d) Animals.

15. What is Val carrying when he enters in Act 1 Scene 1?
(a) A bouquet.
(b) A guitar.
(c) A pair of stockings.
(d) A suitcase.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Val say he's here in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Where does Carol say you go after jooking on a clear night?

3. Which character wears exaggerated eyeliner and stylized makeup?

4. What is peculiar about the birds that Val tells Lady about?

5. What does Jabe complain about being moved in the store?

(see the answer keys)

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