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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Birdie Lee going to get?
(a) A new piano.
(b) A font for the holy water.
(c) An altar.
(d) A new set of drums.

2. Why does Laura begin to sing?
(a) To praise the Lord.
(b) To express how good she feels.
(c) To get the people's attention.
(d) To cheer up Essie.

3. Where do Buddy and Laura go?
(a) To Laura's apartment.
(b) To the City Hall to get a preaching license.
(c) To the bus station to pick up Essie's daughter.
(d) Out for a night of drinking.

4. What literary technique is used after the description of the tambourine being passed?
(a) A metaphor.
(b) An allegory.
(c) A flashback.
(d) An alliteration.

5. What central conflict does this chapter set up?
(a) The conflict between the two women over who gets to preach.
(b) The quests for earthly gratification and spiritual grace.
(c) The conflict between two Christian doctrines.
(d) Between the two woman over a man.

6. What are Essie and Laura doing at the opening of this novel?
(a) Eating at Dewdrop diner.
(b) At a horse race.
(c) Comparing memories of the Palm Sundays, Easters, and church-going habits of their childhoods.
(d) Smoking on the stoop of the apartment.

7. When Laura encourages Essie, what does Essie do?
(a) Begins to sob instead of crying quietly.
(b) Sings louder.
(c) Prays with more fervency.
(d) Falls silent and becomes very still, entering into one of the "pauses" into which she frequently falls.

8. When do the women arrive at the street corner?
(a) An hour earlier than planned.
(b) Right on time.
(c) A day later than planned.
(d) An hour later than planned.

9. What does Essie want to do with the money?
(a) Hire a real minister.
(b) Buy hymnals.
(c) Bank it for a future need.
(d) Have two more murals painted.

10. What is ironic about Chicken-Crow-For-Day saying he has been washed clean and white by the love of God?
(a) Because no one believes God loves them.
(b) Because they really don't expect God to be there.
(c) Because he is so dark skinned.
(d) Because he is already white.

11. What is Buddy planning?
(a) The move of the new church to a renovated movie theater.
(b) To marry Laura.
(c) To embezzle church funds.
(d) To try again to leverage Essie out of the church.

12. Of what does Essie say there will be none?
(a) White people attending.
(b) Male ministers.
(c) Black men in the church.
(d) White choir members.

13. What are some of Laura's "rocks" for security?
(a) Men, her daughter, and church.
(b) The numbers, her daughter, and church.
(c) Men, the numbers, and liquor.
(d) Church, her daughter, and liquor.

14. What does Essie do after they are persuaded?
(a) Starts dancing and singing gospel songs.
(b) Calls to the neighbors to tell them.
(c) Hugs Laura.
(d) Gets on her knees and prays.

15. How does Laura suggest they buy the Bible?
(a) She has no idea how they can afford it.
(b) Collecting money on the street corner.
(c) Asking the pimp down the street to buy it for them.
(d) Profits from her gambling.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Laura say about Essie that is hurtful?

2. How does Essie clean her nails?

3. What does the clerk give Essie when she pays off the Bible?

4. What does Chapter 6 describe?

5. Over what do the women argue in Chapter 7?

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