The Piano Lesson Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the story about Boy Charles' death, what does the family hear Maretha doing at the end of the first act?

2. How does Sutter kill Boy Charles?

3. What was Wining Boy's occupation while he was married?

4. Which of the following characters is NOT involved in stealing the piano from the Sutter home?

5. What sound is heard by the characters who attempt to move the piano?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Berniece threatens Boy Willie with the gun?

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

5. How do Boy Willie and Lymon end up in Pittsburgh?

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

7. What happens between Boy Willie and Grace once they left to return to her apartment?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The piano itself is arguably the strongest symbol in the entire play. Explain the history of the piano and briefly discuss why the physical structure of the piano can be seen as a symbol within the Charles family.

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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