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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 Essie want to do with the money?
(a) Have two more murals painted.
(b) Bank it for a future need.
(c) Hire a real minister.
(d) Buy hymnals.

2. What does Laura do after they are persuaded?
(a) Says "Amen."
(b) Starts preaching on the corner immediately.
(c) Says "God is Great."
(d) Begins to plan how to spend all her money.

3. What are Laura's robes like?
(a) White for purity.
(b) Tailor cut.
(c) Brightly colored.
(d) Drab.

4. How does Buddy describe Marty?
(a) As the power behind the throne all over Harlem.
(b) As a white man who is a friend to Negros.
(c) As a white boy who thinks he's conning the people of Harlem.
(d) As a white man who is in the know.

5. How does Essie feel about the new apartment?
(a) Essie is ecstatic and grateful no matter where it came from.
(b) She is hesitant.
(c) She is despondent.
(d) She is happy and thinks it came from God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What cliche does Laura quote to convince Essie?

2. When do the women actually start preaching?

3. How does Buddy refer to Laura and himself?

4. What does Laura think Essie will think of Buddy and Laura's plan?

5. What does Laura say about Essie that is hurtful?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How do you think the classic Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare seems to be a good metaphor for what is happening in Essie and Laura's life?

3. What do you think is the significance of the title to Chapter 29, "Apple of Evil"?

4. What image at the end of this chapter is particularly striking and tells much about Laura?

5. What is ironic about Laura's thoughts about Buddy in Chapter 30?

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. Why do you think Chapter 33 is titled "Watch with Me"?

8. 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?

9. What do you think might be the significance of the title "Palm Sunday," of Chapter 1?

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

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