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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Laura ask when Essie encourages her to read her Bible?
(a) She knows she is saved even without a Bible.
(b) She really can't read too well.
(c) Where is the begats section.
(d) She knows enough of the Bible already.

2. What does Chicken-Crow-For-Day do?
(a) Helps himself to some of the collections as they pass.
(b) Proclaims himself as a dyed-in-the-wool sinner.
(c) Declares that he should be the new preacher.
(d) Proposes to Essie.

3. What does Laura think about the Lord's help?
(a) That the Lord helps them who helps themselves.
(b) That if the Lord is taking care of her, she can take care of her man.
(c) That the Lord helps in abundance when the Spirit moves Laura to preach.
(d) That the Lord ain't never helped her before so why would he help now.

4. What is Laura clutching at the end of the chapter as the two women make a decision?
(a) An empty wine glass.
(b) A bottle of Jim Daniels.
(c) A Bible.
(d) A gambling ticket.

5. What does Laura say about Essie that is hurtful?
(a) That Essie only cares about others and not Laura.
(b) That Essie can't sing.
(c) That Essie is overweight.
(d) That Essie doesn't care about bringing her daughter there.

6. To whom does Laura liken many of her personality traits?
(a) Her grandmother.
(b) Her mother.
(c) Her sixth-grade teacher.
(d) Her oldest sister.

7. Over what do the women argue in Chapter 7?
(a) Which Bible to buy.
(b) Laura using the money for booze.
(c) How to use the collection.
(d) Laura ruining the church's reputation.

8. How does Essie describe the Bible she finds?
(a) Worn but functional.
(b) Small and easily held.
(c) Large, ornately decorated, and expensive.
(d) One that has pictures.

9. How does Buddy refer to Laura and himself?
(a) As the Bonnie and Clyde of religion.
(b) As Adam and Eve.
(c) As David and Bathsheba.
(d) As the Humphrey and Bacall of religion.

10. In Chapter 4, what do the two women argue about concerning the Bible?
(a) Getting a less expensive Bible.
(b) If they even need a Bible since both have many verses memorized.
(c) Whether they should read from it at the opening of the preaching.
(d) What percentage of their first day's take will go towards its purchase.

11. How does Buddy describe Marty?
(a) As the power behind the throne all over Harlem.
(b) As a white man who is in the know.
(c) As a white man who is a friend to Negros.
(d) As a white boy who thinks he's conning the people of Harlem.

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

13. For what does Laura say they need money?
(a) For a tambourine and a Bible.
(b) To pay an organist.
(c) To rent the local community center.
(d) To buy hymnals.

14. How much money have they accumulated at the opening of Chapter 13?
(a) Ten thousand dollars.
(b) One thousand dollars.
(c) Two thousand dollars.
(d) Fifteen thousand dollars.

15. When do the women actually start preaching?
(a) Well into Spring.
(b) Late February.
(c) Right after the New Year.
(d) Early July.

Short Answer Questions

1. What might be a theme of this story symbolically portrayed in the final lines of this chapter?

2. What does Essie think Laura should be thinking?

3. What does Laura plan to do when cold weather hits?

4. What do they name the new church in the theater?

5. What does Essie want to do with the money?

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