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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. Who joins Chicken-Crow-For-Day in reciting sins?
(a) Essie.
(b) A cop on the beat.
(c) Birdie Lee.
(d) Laura.

2. What could the wine glass symbolize as far as Laura's character?
(a) Seeing through a glass darkly.
(b) A casting off of an old way of life.
(c) The wine Laura will offer in communion at church.
(d) Self-destruction.

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

4. What does the image of Buddy and Laura's sparkling eyes invoke?
(a) The glint of the diamond eyes of the serpent in the Adam and Eve mural at the church.
(b) An image of a diamond in the rough.
(c) An image of starlight.
(d) The glint of steel as it is about to kill someone.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are some of Laura's "rocks" for security?

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

3. What is Laura planning?

4. Who does Laura meet as she is closing the church one night?

5. What is Essie's opinion of Laura's lifestyle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Assuming many images in a short novel such as this one can be significant, of what do you think Essie's knife could be symbolic?

3. How does the relationship between CJ and Marietta compare to that of Laura and Buddy in Chapters 26 and 27?

4. What does Laura do to keep the cops from shutting down their church?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 1, how are the two women described and what might be construed by these descriptions?

6. What might have changed the course of Laura's life if Essie had thrown the knife away when Chicken-Crow-For-Day throws away his weapons in Chapter 12?

7. What does Laura tell Essie about Marietta and CJ and why do you think she does so?

8. Why do you think any more information about Laura's fate is not offered in this final chapter?

9. 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?

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

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