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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What are Laura's robes like?
(a) White for purity.
(b) Drab.
(c) Brightly colored.
(d) Tailor cut.

5. What does Laura think Essie will think of Buddy and Laura's plan?
(a) She will turn them in to the authorities.
(b) She'll wish she had thought of it.
(c) She'll be upset.
(d) She'll think it's ingenious.

6. What do they name the new church in the theater?
(a) The Reed Sisters'Tambourine Temple.
(b) L & E's singin' and praisin'.
(c) The LE Praise and Gospel Hour.
(d) The Reed Sister's Praise and Gospel Hour.

7. What do Essie's imaginings lead her to do?
(a) Cry.
(b) Dance.
(c) Pray.
(d) Sing.

8. What plan do Laura and Buddy devise?
(a) To sell prayer indulgences.
(b) To siphon money out of the church funds.
(c) To gradually get Essie out of the church altogether.
(d) To sell ordinary tap water as holy water from the river Jordan.

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

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

11. Of what does Laura accuse Essie?
(a) Of hypocrisy.
(b) Of not understanding Jesus's statement, "Render unto Caesar."
(c) Of being too holy and too self righteous.
(d) Of not really being committed to the church idea.

12. What does Laura discover after she has talked about her life for some time?
(a) That Buddy does not believe her.
(b) That Essie isn't in the room anymore.
(c) That Essie is asleep.
(d) That Buddy is asleep.

13. What does Laura do after they are persuaded?
(a) Says "God is Great."
(b) Says "Amen."
(c) Begins to plan how to spend all her money.
(d) Starts preaching on the corner immediately.

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

15. Of what is Laura still jealous?
(a) Chicken-Crow-For-Day.
(b) Birdie Lee.
(c) Essie.
(d) Them white folks what's got so much.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Laura say she can provide?

2. What does Laura want from Essie the next morning?

3. What happens as they pass the tambourine?

4. What is Buddy planning?

5. As Laura leaves, what is she hoping?

(see the answer keys)

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