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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 say about Essie that is hurtful?
(a) That Essie only cares about others and not Laura.
(b) That Essie doesn't care about bringing her daughter there.
(c) That Essie can't sing.
(d) That Essie is overweight.

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

3. About what is Essie worried?
(a) About the way Laura is carrying on.
(b) About how she can get out of the city with some money.
(c) About when she can bring her daughter to live with her.
(d) About how Laura seems ill.

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

5. What does Laura want to do with the money?
(a) Buy her man a car.
(b) Have a big party.
(c) Donate it to the overseas mission fund.
(d) Get them better living quarters.

Short Answer Questions

1. When do the women arrive at the street corner?

2. Who is Birdie Lee?

3. What are Laura's robes like?

4. What do the two say about Essie?

5. What happens after Essie joins in on the song?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 21, narration expounds on what it means to go "North" to Southern Negroes; summarize narrations statements.

2. What is ironic about the name of the man Laura meets in Chapter 14?

3. How do you think Marietta feels having been raised in the rural South to arrive in Harlem and find an older, very attractive man flirting with her?

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

5. Do you think Essie is turning a blind eye to Laura giving out "lucky texts" from the pulpit, or do you think she really believes Laura is just trying to give the congregation hope?

6. What two things are mentioned that have already been mentioned in previous chapters and what might be the significance of their being mentioned again?

7. What rationale does Laura use to try to convince Essie to start a church with her and does it seem a reasonable rationale?

8. Why is it ironic that Laura is trying to convince Essie to do something positive with her life?

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. The theme of greed is woven throughout the entire book. How is the theme is clearly introduced in Chapter 9?

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