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. How is the church a few blocks away doing?

2. Of what is Laura still jealous?

3. What does Laura ask when Essie encourages her to read her Bible?

4. What does Laura want to play a greater role in church services?

5. To whom does Laura liken many of her personality traits?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do you think Chapter 33 is titled "Watch with Me"?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Do you think Essie's journey towards spiritual enlightenment is helped or hindered by being thrown into jail?

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

Throughout the novel, Essie's search for spiritual fulfillment is contrasted to Laura's quest for physical/material gratification. 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. Compare and contrast the concepts of spiritual fulfillment versus physical/material gratification using both examples from the book and in your own experience.

2. Describe fully Essie's search for spiritual fulfillment, using specific examples from the novel. Do you think she is successful by the end of the novel?

3. Describe fully Laura's search for physical/material gratification, using specific examples from the novel. Do you think she is successful by the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, Laura is a much more complex character than Essie. She exhibits a wider range of emotions and makes more paradoxical choices. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Going through the book, find various emotions which Laura expresses and discuss several of them and their causes and resolutions.

2. What emotions do you think ultimately leads to Laura's downfall? What emotions do you see in her that could have turned her from the choices she makes and her attendant downfall?

3. Discuss several of Essie's predominant emotions and the causes and how they affect her choices.

4. Essie seems far simpler than Laura: Do you think Essie's simpler personality helps her to stay focused on spiritual goals? Why or why not?

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