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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 does Laura say Essie can provide?
(a) The flowers.
(b) The decorations.
(c) The preaching.
(d) The music.

2. Who is Birdie Lee?
(a) A small elderly woman who steps forward and promises that from that night on she's giving her life to Jesus.
(b) A small girl who wants her mommie to be healed.
(c) A prostitute who brings a message from her pimp.
(d) A cop who is watching the women to make sure they are not doing anything illegal.

3. What does Laura do to keep the cops from stopping the preaching because of no license?
(a) Bribes them.
(b) Tells them God will fix their problems.
(c) Gives them sex.
(d) Nothing since the problem has miraculously not happened.

4. What does Essie do after they are persuaded?
(a) Gets on her knees and prays.
(b) Hugs Laura.
(c) Calls to the neighbors to tell them.
(d) Starts dancing and singing gospel songs.

5. What is the reason for the time they arrive?
(a) They forgot to turn their clocks forward for Spring.
(b) They scrupulously watch the time to get there on time.
(c) They decide it would be better to wait to the next sunny day.
(d) Laura is entertaining a man in her room.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the clerk give Essie when she pays off the Bible?

2. What does Laura say Buddy is going to become?

3. How is the church a few blocks away doing?

4. Who has not yet bought any holy water?

5. Approximately when does Chapter 19 take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

4. What is ironic about the beginning of Essie and Laura's church?

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

7. Why do you think the author has Buddy proposing that the fake holy water they are selling be said to be water from the River Jordan?

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

9. What do you think is the significance of Chapter 26's title, "Moon Over Harlem"?

10. The ending of Chapter 1 and the beginning of Chapter 36, both are concerned with hymns singing to God; how are the circumstances different and alike in the two chapters?

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