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

2. How does Laura inspire Essie?
(a) She gives a demonstration of what she would preach.
(b) She describes all the fine things they would do for the people in the neighborhood.
(c) She says that Essie could bring her daughter there with the money.
(d) She goes into a trancelike state and says "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me."

3. What are Essie and Laura doing at the opening of this novel?
(a) Eating at Dewdrop diner.
(b) Smoking on the stoop of the apartment.
(c) Comparing memories of the Palm Sundays, Easters, and church-going habits of their childhoods.
(d) At a horse race.

4. What is Birdie Lee going to get?
(a) A font for the holy water.
(b) An altar.
(c) A new set of drums.
(d) A new piano.

5. What is distracting Laura from listening to Essie?
(a) Laura is too busy worrying about where she's going to get some gambling money and wine.
(b) Laura is talking to a pimp.
(c) Laura is talking on the phone.
(d) Laura is trying to figure out how to seduce the new man down the block.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Chicken-Crow-For-Day do?

4. When do the women actually start preaching?

5. What sound is heard outside as Buddy and Laura talk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Buddy's conversion is sincere?

2. Why do you think Essie refuses to throw away her knife as Laura urges her to do?

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

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

5. What do you think is the significance of Chapter 26's title, "Moon Over Harlem"?

6. Of what might the serpent with eyes that sparkle like diamonds in Chapter 11 be symbolic?

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

8. 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?

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

10. When Essie says she does not want to buy the Bible with gambling money, Laura accuses her of being too holy and too self righteous; from what do you think this accusation stems?

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