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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 instrument does Boy Willie hope to sell to make a bit of money?

2. What does Wining Boy say he felt breezing through the wind on his last trip home?

3. Which of the following was NOT an element in Avery's significant dream?

4. Which character is afraid to sleep upstairs alone?

5. Boy Willie is trying to sell his fruit in what type of neighborhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Wining Boy arrives at Doaker's home, he wants to know what is happening with Boy Willie and his sales. What does Doaker tell him?

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

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

4. After his night out on the town in his "magic" suit, how did Lymon fare with the ladies?

5. What were the effects of the lumber theft that the men in the play were involved in?

6. When Avery arrives with his Bible to begin the exorcism, what information does he give Doaker about the state of the new church?

7. After his failed date, what gift does Lymon give to Berniece, and what is her response to the gesture?

8. What was Ophelia's reaction to the trade between her husband and Nolander?

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

10. What confrontation do Boy Willie and Berniece get into as Boy Willie watches Berniece comb Maretha's hair?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The railroads of the town are extremely significant throughout the play.

Part 1. Explain the symbolism of a railroad as it pertains to Boy Willie's life.

Part 2. Explain the reasons why the railroad is important in Doaker's life.

Part 3. Explain why the railroad has come to be an important element in the supernatural elements of the play.

Essay Topic 2

The Ghosts of Yellow Dog are important characters within the recurring theme of revenge.

Part 1. Explain the way that the Ghosts of Yellow Dog came to be.

Part 2. Discuss the way that the Ghosts of Yellow Dog exacted their revenge.

Part 3. Briefly discuss the various ways that the townsfolk viewed the acts that were considered to be the work of the Ghosts of Yellow Dog.

Essay Topic 3

The piano itself is arguably the strongest symbol in the entire play, standing in as a symbol for the Charles family as a whole but also for the members of the family as individuals. Choose one member of the Charles family and explain how the piano acts as a unique symbol for that character's storyline. Briefly discuss that character's relationship with the piano as a result of that symbolism.

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