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

2. Who does the painting of Adam resemble in Laura's imagination?
(a) Martin Luther King.
(b) Lanston Hughes.
(c) Louis Armstrong.
(d) Joe Louis.

3. 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) The self-fueling obsession with pleasure can prevent awareness of opportunities for spiritual growth.
(c) That a bad motive can turn out positively.
(d) That one should suspect people who start churches without a license.

4. As Laura leaves, what is she hoping?
(a) That Essie doesn't bring her daughter there.
(b) To win the next ten thousand dollar pot at the tracks.
(c) That Essie will reconsider.
(d) That a favorite of her many men friends will visit that night.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Buddy and Laura go?

2. What would be an accurate description as to how Laura is described in Chapter 3?

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

4. What do Buddy and Laura do as a new scarlet curtain is hung as a backdrop for the services?

5. What is Buddy planning?

Short Essay Questions

1. The ending of Chapter 1 and the beginning of Chapter 36, both are concerned with hymns singing to God; how are the circumstances different and alike in the two chapters?

2. What does Laura suggest near the end of chapter eight that seems to set the dynamics of how Essie and Laura participate in the "church" and what do you think might be the consequences?

3. How does Laura seem to have her moment of transformation as she comes to jail and confronts Essie?

4. How is the title of Chapter 28, "Cross to Bear" relevant to Buddy and Laura's relationship?

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

6. A psychological aberration is a person who is called a sociopath. A very loose definition would be someone unconcerned with the consequences of his/her actions on others and who rationalize their actions. Who seems to have sociopathic tendencies as shown in chapter 10 and why do you say that?

7. How is the narration's description of the North being a Black mecca ironic?

8. Laura needs Buddy to be softer and more loving. Does this surprise you and do you think Buddy is capable of that?

9. There are two things that Essie mentions that foreshadow future events. Name two possible things that foreshadow future events and what you think they might foreshadow.

10. What do you think is the symbolism of the rock mentioned in Chapter 3?

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