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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What happens after Essie joins in on the song?
(a) Laura stops and starts to pass the hat.
(b) Someone yells at them to be quiet.
(c) Others join.
(d) Essie becomes inspired and everyone gets quiet to hear her.

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

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

5. Who is Birdie Lee?
(a) A small elderly woman who steps forward and promises that from that night on she's giving her life to Jesus.
(b) A small girl who wants her mommie to be healed.
(c) A cop who is watching the women to make sure they are not doing anything illegal.
(d) A prostitute who brings a message from her pimp.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who starts a church a few blocks from where Essie and Laura sit?

2. What would be a general description of Essie?

3. Why does Laura hire an artist?

4. How is the church a few blocks away doing?

5. Where do Buddy and Laura go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think might be the significance of the title "Palm Sunday," of Chapter 1?

2. What do you think CJ's initial motives are in trying to get Marietta to make love with him and why do you think that changes?

3. What is ironic about Laura's thoughts about Buddy in Chapter 30?

4. What do you think is the significance of Chapter 11's title "Ethiopian Eden"?

5. How is the title of Chapter 28 also relevant in the relationship between Laura and Essie?

6. How do the images of light and dark represent the way the white man Marty is involved behind the scenes in the church?

7. How does previous foreshadowing play out in Chapter 30?

8. What do you think the tambourines represent and why it is the title of the book?

9. What is ironic about the beginning of Essie and Laura's church?

10. How does Laura "fight unfair" in Essie and Laura's argument in Chapter 13?

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