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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do Buddy and Laura do as a new scarlet curtain is hung as a backdrop for the services?
(a) Tell off-color jokes.
(b) Sing gospel songs.
(c) Flirt.
(d) Dance.

2. What does the clerk give Essie when she pays off the Bible?
(a) A picture of Jesus.
(b) A picture of the last supper.
(c) A bookmark with the 23rd Psalm on it.
(d) A wall hanging saying GOD BLESS THIS HOME.

3. What cliche does Laura quote to convince Essie?
(a) The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.
(b) Ask not and you get not.
(c) Ask and ye shall receive.
(d) The Lord helps those who help themselves.

4. What does Laura want from Essie the next morning?
(a) A commitment for the church idea.
(b) Coffee and money.
(c) Her betting stubs.
(d) The morning newspaper.

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

6. What scheme does Buddy suggest for making more money?
(a) Giving potential gambling numbers during the preaching.
(b) Cutting back on the bribes to the police.
(c) Selling prayer shawls from "Jerusalem."
(d) Telling the congregation that Essie is dying and needs help.

7. What does Chapter 6 describe?
(a) The pimp who threatens them for stealing his members.
(b) The two women's contrasting appearances.
(c) It is a detailed description of the Bible they bought.
(d) The first night the women go out to preach.

8. Who does Laura meet as she is closing the church one night?
(a) Zora.
(b) Buddy.
(c) Chicken-Crow-For-Day.
(d) Birdie Lee.

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

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

11. 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.

12. What might be a theme of this story symbolically portrayed in the final lines of this chapter?
(a) That wine and church do not mix.
(b) That one should suspect people who start churches without a license.
(c) The self-fueling obsession with pleasure can prevent awareness of opportunities for spiritual growth.
(d) That a bad motive can turn out positively.

13. How does Laura inspire Essie?
(a) She says that Essie could bring her daughter there with the money.
(b) She describes all the fine things they would do for the people in the neighborhood.
(c) She gives a demonstration of what she would preach.
(d) She goes into a trancelike state and says "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me."

14. 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.

15. Who starts a church a few blocks from where Essie and Laura sit?
(a) An active drug dealer.
(b) An ex-cop.
(c) A reformed pimp.
(d) A reformed alcoholic.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Buddy refer to Laura and himself?

2. When do the women actually start preaching?

3. What does Chicken-Crow-For-Day throw out the window?

4. What is Laura planning?

5. As Laura leaves, what is she hoping?

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