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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. For what does Laura say they need money?

2. Of what is Laura still jealous?

3. How does Essie feel about the new apartment?

4. What do Buddy and Laura do as a new scarlet curtain is hung as a backdrop for the services?

5. Who does the painting of Adam resemble in Laura's imagination?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 20, Laura gives some details about her early childhood; in what way is Laura the same as her mother?

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

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

5. Why do you think Essie refuses to throw away her knife as Laura urges her to do?

6. 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?

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

8. Assuming many images in a short novel such as this one can be significant, of what do you think Essie's knife could be symbolic?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author continually foreshadows future events in earlier chapters. 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. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Is it necessary? Why do you think this author chooses to use a great deal of foreshadowing? Do you think he includes too much foreshadowing? Or not enough? Explain.

2. Choose two major events that occur near the end of the book and trace how those events have been foreshadowed. Was the foreshadowing successful? Was it necessary? If there had been no foreshadowing, would you have responded differently to the events?

3. Foreshadowing seldom is as clear in "real" life as in novels. Discuss the idea that much of life is foreshadowed using specific examples from your own or others' lives.

Essay Topic 2

Money plays a large role in the choices the major characters make. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Go through and cite at least six places where money is discussed. Briefly state the situation, who is involved and the decisions made.

2. Some people say that "money is the root of all evil" and others say that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Which saying do you think is applicable in this book? Why? Give examples.

3. Can money also be the root of much that is good? Give examples in the book where that idea seems true.

4. What are your conclusions about the role money plays in this book?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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