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. After Lymon comes home from work and changes, what does he want to go into the city looking for?

2. What does Boy Willie encourage Berniece to do to get rid of the ghost?

3. Which member of the Sutter family desperately wanted the piano?

4. Which family traded the piano to the Sutter family for slaves?

5. When Wining Boy returns home from the city, how much money does he say he received?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Berneice stop playing the piano as a child?

4. What religious rationalization does Boy WIllie have for the revenge he is seeking against the Sutter family?

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

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

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

8. What does Berniece ask Avery to do after Maretha has seen Sutter's ghost, and how does Avery respond?

9. What trade was made between the Charles and Sutter families at Ophelia's request?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Even though there are many characters who have passed away in the play, the living characters seem to believe that they are still able to communicate with the dead. Give two examples of moments within the play that living characters attempt to speak with the dead. Compare / contrast their methods of speaking with the dead and compare / contrast the outcome of their "conversations."

Essay Topic 3

Music is another way for the Charles family to preserve their family history.

Part 1. Create a list of three scenes within the play during which music is present.

Part 2. Explain why the music of the play acts as a symbol of the Charles family history.

Part 3. Choose two characters from the Charles family and compare / contrast their relationship to music. This comparison could be regarding the piano music or the family singing.

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