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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 is the name of Wining Boy's late ex-wife?
2. What does Wining Boy carry with him that has a weight as heavy as a piano?
3. What was Wining Boy's occupation while he was married?
4. Which family traded the piano to the Sutter family for slaves?
5. What has Wining Boy brought to the city to pawn?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Avery arrives with his Bible to begin the exorcism, what information does he give Doaker about the state of the new church?
2. Why won't Wining Boy play the piano when he is asked to?
3. What is revealed about Wining Boy's life as a musician while married?
4. 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?
5. What realization does Boy Willie make when he hears his heart beating as a "black man's heart"?
6. What type of encounter does Boy Willie explain that he has had with the piano's potential buyer on his way home from Grace's?
7. Why does Avery believe that Berniece should start a choir in her home?
8. What confrontation do Boy Willie and Berniece get into as Boy Willie watches Berniece comb Maretha's hair?
9. After his failed date, what gift does Lymon give to Berniece, and what is her response to the gesture?
10. How did the piano come into the possession of the Charles family?
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
Both Cleotha and Crawley are remembered by their mourning spouses throughout the play. Explain how Crawley and Cleotha died and compare/contrast the ways that their spouses keep their memories alive.
Essay Topic 3
The women in this play are portrayed as weak in comparison to the men in the play. Choose one female character in the play and give two examples of the ways that they are overpowered by the male characters. Then, discuss the female character's reaction to the overpowering male characters.
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