Tambourines to Glory Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is evicted to make room for the church?

2. What does Laura do after they are persuaded?

3. Where do Buddy and Laura go?

4. What is Buddy planning?

5. How does Laura suggest they buy the Bible?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is it ironic that Laura is trying to convince Essie to do something positive with her life?

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

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

6. Laura needs Buddy to be softer and more loving. Does this surprise you and do you think Buddy is capable of that?

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

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

9. How is the title of Chapter 28, "Cross to Bear" relevant to Buddy and Laura's relationship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in TAMBOURINES TO GLORY are the central focus of the novel; in other words, the characters drive the plot rather than the other way around as is the case in some novels. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Write an in-depth character analysis of Essie. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate her. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.

2. Write an in-depth character analysis of Laura. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate her. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.

3. Choose three other characters besides Laura or Essie and write about them in relationship to both Laura and Essie. Are they friendly or hostile to either main character? Explain with examples. What is their purpose(s) in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 12, "Dyed in the Wool" is a very significant theme in this novel. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Research and explain the phrase "dyed in the wool." Where did it come from? What century? What was its original meaning? What has it come to mean now as an aphorism?

2. How does this phrase describe Essie at the beginning of the book? Is it still applicable to her at the end? Explain with examples.

3. How does this phrase describe Laura at the beginning of the book? Is it still applicable to her at the end? Explain with examples.

4. How can the phrase "dyed in the wool" be either a positive characteristic of someone or a negative? Give a couple examples from your own life.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 14, "Enter Buddy," a new character is introduced and one who has great influence on the events of the rest of the book. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Write an in-depth character analysis of Buddy. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate him. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.

2. Describe the process whereby Buddy gradually takes over much of the way the church is managed. How is he able to do this? What could Essie have done to stop him?

3. How could Buddy be likened to the serpent in the garden of Eden (unlike being compared to Adam as Buddy does so himself)?

4. Do you think Buddy deserves what he receives in the end? Explain fully with examples.

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