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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. Whose death does Berniece accuse Boy Willie of having a hand in?

2. Doaker gives long instructions on the proper way to buy what grocery item?

3. What were the men attempting to steal?

4. Which character believes that life would be much easier if people stayed at home and appreciated their lives instead of traveling?

5. What does Boy Willie tell Wining Boy that he wants to purchase?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boy Willie believe about the laws of the white man?

2. What connection does Doaker make between travel and happiness?

3. What happens when Doaker emerges to see Boy Willie and Lymon attempting to move the piano?

4. How does Avery begin his exorcism of Sutter's ghost?

5. When Berniece and Lymon's conversation turns to Avery, what advice does Lymon give to Berniece about the relationship?

6. How does Wining Boy say that ghosts have affected his life?

7. What lesson does Boy Willie give Maretha on the piano?

8. What does Avery tell Berniece when he comes to visit her while she is preparing a bath?

9. Whose ghost does Berniece think that she sees, and what does it tell her?

10. Why does Avery believe that Berniece should start a choir in her home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This history of slavery within the Charles family repeats itself throughout the text. Briefly explain the ways that slavery has affected the Charles family in the past, the present, and the future?

Essay Topic 2

Boy Willie and Berniece have an equal claim to the piano in the play. Explain the reason why the siblings have come into possession of the piano. Compare/contrast the way that both of the siblings view the piano's place in their past and their future.

Essay Topic 3

Dreams prove to be an interesting and important way for characters in the text to receive divine messages. Avery's dream, in particular, is given the most symbolic weight within the story. Explain the symbolism of Avery's dream as it relates to his future and the themes within the play as a whole.

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