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

2. Who joins Chicken-Crow-For-Day in reciting sins?
(a) Birdie Lee.
(b) Laura.
(c) A cop on the beat.
(d) Essie.

3. What central conflict does this chapter set up?
(a) The conflict between the two women over who gets to preach.
(b) Between the two woman over a man.
(c) The quests for earthly gratification and spiritual grace.
(d) The conflict between two Christian doctrines.

4. Of what does Essie say there will be none?
(a) White choir members.
(b) Male ministers.
(c) White people attending.
(d) Black men in the church.

5. What literary technique is used after the description of the tambourine being passed?
(a) A metaphor.
(b) An alliteration.
(c) An allegory.
(d) A flashback.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Buddy planning?

2. When do the women arrive at the street corner?

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

4. What becomes the two women's church?

5. Why does Laura begin to sing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What might have changed the course of Laura's life if Essie had thrown the knife away when Chicken-Crow-For-Day throws away his weapons in Chapter 12?

4. In Chapter 20, Laura gives some details about her early childhood; in what way is Laura the same as her mother?

5. What do you think is the significance of the title, "Judas in Scarlett"?

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

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

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

9. Why do you think any more information about Laura's fate is not offered in this final chapter?

10. Do you think Essie is turning a blind eye to Laura giving out "lucky texts" from the pulpit, or do you think she really believes Laura is just trying to give the congregation hope?

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