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

2. What does Laura want to do with the money?
(a) Get them better living quarters.
(b) Have a big party.
(c) Donate it to the overseas mission fund.
(d) Buy her man a car.

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

4. What do Buddy and Laura do as a new scarlet curtain is hung as a backdrop for the services?
(a) Dance.
(b) Sing gospel songs.
(c) Flirt.
(d) Tell off-color jokes.

5. Of what do they persuade each other?
(a) That the idea could work.
(b) That it is a foolish pipe dream.
(c) That the devil inspired them.
(d) That God inspired them.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Laura suggest they buy the Bible?

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

3. Why does Laura begin to sing?

4. What does Laura ask when Essie encourages her to read her Bible?

5. What plan do Laura and Buddy devise?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the narration's description of the North being a Black mecca ironic?

2. How does previous foreshadowing play out in Chapter 30?

3. Do you think Essie's journey towards spiritual enlightenment is helped or hindered by being thrown into jail?

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

5. 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?

6. The theme of greed is woven throughout the entire book. How is the theme is clearly introduced in Chapter 9?

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. 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?

9. What rationale does Laura use to try to convince Essie to start a church with her and does it seem a reasonable rationale?

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

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