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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. When do the women arrive at the street corner?

2. How does Essie describe the Bible she finds?

3. What is Essie's response to Laura's suggestion on buying the Bible?

4. Why does Laura hire an artist?

5. What happens as they pass the tambourine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Just as Laura says she is like her mother in many ways, in what ways does Laura contrast herself to her mother?

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

3. What do you think is the significance of Chapter 11's title "Ethiopian Eden"?

4. What does Laura suggest near the end of chapter eight that seems to set the dynamics of how Essie and Laura participate in the "church" and what do you think might be the consequences?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. How do Laura's and Essie's roles reverse in this chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Chapter 15, "Enter Marty" introduces a new dimension to Essie and Laura's ministry. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Does it surprise you that a white man is the power behind "the throne" in Harlem in this time period? Explain. Explain the term "the throne" and the irony involved.

2. Why do you think the "Negroes" (the term for Blacks in that era) put up with a white man running the show on their turf? Do you think they eventually change that?

3. Who do you think runs the "throne" in Harlem now? Is the power in white or black hands or both? Or some other?

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