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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 Essie can provide?
(a) The preaching.
(b) The music.
(c) The flowers.
(d) The decorations.

2. Why does Laura begin to sing?
(a) To praise the Lord.
(b) To get the people's attention.
(c) To cheer up Essie.
(d) To express how good she feels.

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

4. What is Laura planning?
(a) Her new sermons.
(b) To marry Buddy.
(c) Where her new dressing room will be.
(d) How to leverage Essie out of the church.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the reason for the time they arrive?

3. Why does Laura want to start a church?

4. Who is evicted to make room for the church?

5. What is Essie's response to Laura's suggestion on buying the Bible?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is the significance of the title to Chapter 29, "Apple of Evil"?

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

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

4. How would you summarize the most overarching theme of this book?

5. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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