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Tambourines to Glory Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What plan do Laura and Buddy devise?

3. About what is Essie worried?

4. What does Laura want from Essie the next morning?

5. What does Laura want to do with the money?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. How does Laura seem to have her moment of transformation as she comes to jail and confronts Essie?

5. 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?

6. What two things are mentioned that have already been mentioned in previous chapters and what might be the significance of their being mentioned again?

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

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

9. What do you think CJ's initial motives are in trying to get Marietta to make love with him and why do you think that changes?

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

Essay Topics

This book was written during a literary movement called the "Harlem Renaissance." It is an important movement in the United States, not just in literature, but in many other areas. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Research the movement known as the "Harlem Renaissance" (also known as the Black Literary Renaissance and the New Negro Movement) and give a synopsis of what it is and what areas it encompassed.

2. How does this movement impact the lives of African-Americans at this time? Of other Blacks in other countries? Of Whites?

3. Discuss some of the accomplishments of this movement in the literary field and in at least three other areas of the social/political environment.

Street Corner preaching is a tradition that started at the time of Christ and still continues to be done in many places both in the United States and other countries. Essie and Laura begin their ministry as street-corner preachers. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. How would you define street-corner preaching? Do Essie and Laura fit your definition?

2. What are possible advantages and disadvantages of street-corner preaching? Was Essie and Laura's method of street-corner preaching effective?

3. Besides religion, what other ways is street-corner preaching used today? Would you stop and listen to a street-corner preacher? Why or why not?

This novel is replete with symbolism, especially religious symbolism of a Judea-Christian origin. 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. Describe all the symbolism around the River of Jordan, its relation to Christianity, its meaning to Blacks as originated with those in slavery in the United States, and how it is used in this novel.

2. Discuss the symbolic meanings of Tambourines in the novel, giving specific examples. How are Tambourines both a symbol of spirituality and materialism? Why do you think the author names the novel TAMBOURINES TO GLORY?

3. Discuss the idea of ascension and how it is symbolized in the novel. How does the idea of ascension differ depending on the character?

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