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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 do Essie's imaginings lead her to do?
(a) Sing.
(b) Cry.
(c) Pray.
(d) Dance.

2. What are some of Laura's "rocks" for security?
(a) Church, her daughter, and liquor.
(b) Men, her daughter, and church.
(c) The numbers, her daughter, and church.
(d) Men, the numbers, and liquor.

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

4. How does Essie describe the Bible she finds?
(a) Worn but functional.
(b) Small and easily held.
(c) One that has pictures.
(d) Large, ornately decorated, and expensive.

5. What would be a general description of Laura?
(a) Tiny breasted, sexual, practical, goes to AA.
(b) Large breasted, sexual, sensual, and fond of her liquor.
(c) A tall, six-foot, two-inch woman who loves sugared dates.
(d) Tiny breasted, sincerely religious.

Short Answer Questions

1. What literary technique is used after the description of the tambourine being passed?

2. What could the wine glass symbolize as far as Laura's character?

3. What does Laura want to play a greater role in church services?

4. To whom does Laura liken many of her personality traits?

5. How does Laura picture Essie's role in the street corner church?

Short Essay Questions

1. What image at the end of this chapter is particularly striking and tells much about Laura?

2. 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?

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

4. 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.

5. What do you think is the significance of Chapter 11's title "Ethiopian Eden"?

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. Why do you think the drums always stop just before Laura makes her entrance?

8. What do you think is the significance of the title of Chapter 17, "Lights Out"?

9. What do you think the tambourines represent and why it is the title of the book?

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

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