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

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

3. What would be a general description of Essie?
(a) Essie is almost 18, is fond of liquor and men.
(b) Essie is about 65, loves walking in the woods and canning fruits.
(c) Essie is overweight, has a beautiful singing voice, and has a sixteen-year-old daughter.
(d) Essie is petite with a size 18" waist, has a beautiful singing voice, and has a six-year-old daughter.

4. Approximately when does Chapter 19 take place?
(a) Ten years after Laura and Essie set up their church.
(b) Just less than a year since Laura and Essie set up their church.
(c) About 2 months after Laura and Essie set up their church.
(d) It is a flashback to a year before Laura and Essie set up their church.

5. What happens after Essie joins in on the song?
(a) Essie becomes inspired and everyone gets quiet to hear her.
(b) Others join.
(c) Someone yells at them to be quiet.
(d) Laura stops and starts to pass the hat.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Laura plan to do when cold weather hits?

2. What do they name the new church in the theater?

3. What are Essie and Laura doing at the opening of this novel?

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

5. How much money have they accumulated at the opening of Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do you think is the symbolism of the rock mentioned in Chapter 3?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. Which woman would you support in the argument about what to do with their first 2,000 dollars and why?

10. How is the title of Chapter 28 also relevant in the relationship between Laura and Essie?

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