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. What is the reason for the time they arrive?

2. What do they name the new church in the theater?

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

4. What does Laura do to keep the cops from stopping the preaching because of no license?

5. What does the image of Buddy and Laura's sparkling eyes invoke?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is the significance of the title, "Judas in Scarlett"?

2. What does Laura tell Essie about Marietta and CJ and why do you think she does so?

3. How is the title of Chapter 34 related to the New Testament?

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

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

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

7. How does the relationship between CJ and Marietta compare to that of Laura and Buddy in Chapters 26 and 27?

8. 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?

9. Why do you think any more information about Laura's fate is not offered in this final chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the environment of Harlem during this era. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. What was Harlem? Who settled it originally and when did it become a predominantly African American borough?

2. How does Harlem of today differ from the Harlem at the time of the novel? How do you think this novel would be different if set in modern-day Harlem?

3. How does the setting of Harlem inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 17, "Lights Out" is significant in that it is where Laura begins to make choices that set her on the path that leads out of the Garden of Eden. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. How is the title of this chapter symbolic of where Laura is in her life by the end of this chapter?

2. What are some actions Laura takes that show her descent into darkness? Could she have avoided them or was she already too far into the grips of greed and addictions?

3. What do you think Marty would have done if Laura had changed her mind at any point in the book and chosen a path of greater integrity for her role in the church?

4. How do you think Marty responds to Laura's absence from the church and his source of funds being dried up? Do you think Essie has a fight on her hands?

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