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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. Why does Laura want to start a church?
(a) To be able to be on display.
(b) To save souls.
(c) To make money.
(d) To please God.

2. What does the clerk give Essie when she pays off the Bible?
(a) A wall hanging saying GOD BLESS THIS HOME.
(b) A picture of Jesus.
(c) A bookmark with the 23rd Psalm on it.
(d) A picture of the last supper.

3. What does Laura ask when Essie encourages her to read her Bible?
(a) She knows enough of the Bible already.
(b) Where is the begats section.
(c) She really can't read too well.
(d) She knows she is saved even without a Bible.

4. What does Laura think about the Lord's help?
(a) That the Lord helps in abundance when the Spirit moves Laura to preach.
(b) That the Lord ain't never helped her before so why would he help now.
(c) That if the Lord is taking care of her, she can take care of her man.
(d) That the Lord helps them who helps themselves.

5. How are Essie and Laura described on the first day of church in their new place?
(a) As angels of vengeance.
(b) As singing and preaching with a fervor that neither had ever had before.
(c) Not as enthusiastic as when they were on the street corner.
(d) As fearful of the police busting them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Essie watch while they are preaching and singing?

2. How does Buddy describe Marty?

3. What does Essie think Laura should be thinking?

4. How does Essie describe the Bible she finds?

5. Where do Buddy and Laura go?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Laura suggest near the end of chapter eight that seems to set the dynamics of how Essie and Laura participate in the "church" and what do you think might be the consequences?

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

6. What do you think one of the main themes might be just based upon the differences in the two major characters as shown in this opening chapter?

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. What do you think the reason is for Essie's pauses, the first of which we see in Chapter 2?

9. Why do you think something that seems such a minor detail should be mentioned, such as the fact that Birdie is always running to the bathroom?

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

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