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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 Boy Willie NOT ask about the potential buyer of the piano?

2. What color is the ghost that Lyman claims killed Sutter?

3. What does Boy Willie think is the most significant part of the piano?

4. Which character used to polish the piano every morning?

5. What does Wining Boy say he felt breezing through the wind on his last trip home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Wining Boy say that ghosts have affected his life?

2. What were the effects of the lumber theft that the men in the play were involved in?

3. Why won't Wining Boy play the piano when he is asked to?

4. What realization does Boy Willie make when he hears his heart beating as a "black man's heart"?

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

6. What does Boy Willie claim has happened to the man named Sutter?

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

8. What does Boy Willie claim is the history of the railroad known as the Yellow Dog line?

9. What lesson does Boy Willie give Maretha on the piano?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This history of slavery within the Charles family repeats itself throughout the text. Briefly explain the ways that slavery has affected the Charles family in the past, the present, and the future?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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