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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. Which of the following characters does NOT attempt to move the piano?

2. When Boy Willie realizes that Wining Boy is in town, what does he ask him for?

3. Lymon wants to go to what city, hoping for better treatment from white people?

4. Which character admits to having spent time in prison?

5. What name was the ghost repeating?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Berniece respond when she happens upon Boy Willie and Grace?

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

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

6. What happens when Wining Boy goes to the city to pawn his belongings?

7. How was Lymon's father killed?

8. What story does Boy Willie tell his sister about the dog he had as a child?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The text of "The Piano Lesson" is presented as a play rather than straight prose. What reasons do you think August Wilson had to present his story this way? What was gained in the form of stage writing? What was lost?

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

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.

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