The Piano Lesson Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who tells Boy Willie the story of the way that Boy Charles was killed?

2. What is Doaker doing when Wining Boy shows up at the house?

3. What does Boy Willie hope to buy from Sutter?

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

5. What does Doaker believe he sees Sutter's ghost doing, which he refuses to tell his sister about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What events have prompted Doaker to believe that Berniece should sell the piano as soon as possible?

2. What happens when Boy Willie and Lymon attempt to move the piano for its potential buyer?

3. How did Sutter react to the disappearance of his prized piano?

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

5. How did the piano come into the possession of the Charles family?

6. What kind of fight does Boy Willie get into with Sutter's ghost?

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

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

9. How does Berniece react when she sees Boy Willie attempting to move the piano?

10. What conflict arises between the siblings surrounding the future of the piano?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The Charles family spends a lot of time arguing about their family legacy. Choose one instance in which the Charles family attempts to discuss their family history. What object is used as a symbol for their family's legacy? How is that object treated by the family? How does the treatment of the object reflect the family history it will leave behind?

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