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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. Who does Laura meet as she is closing the church one night?
2. How much money have they accumulated at the opening of Chapter 13?
3. When do the women arrive at the street corner?
4. When do the women actually start preaching?
5. Who has not yet bought any holy water?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do you think one of the main themes might be just based upon the differences in the two major characters as shown in this opening chapter?
2. Which woman would you support in the argument about what to do with their first 2,000 dollars and why?
3. What truth do you think Birdie Lee might reveal in the future as foreshadowed in Chapter 19?
4. The theme of greed is woven throughout the entire book. How is the theme is clearly introduced in Chapter 9?
5. The ending of Chapter 1 and the beginning of Chapter 36, both are concerned with hymns singing to God; how are the circumstances different and alike in the two chapters?
6. How is the title of Chapter 34 related to the New Testament?
7. How does Laura "fight unfair" in Essie and Laura's argument in Chapter 13?
8. What image at the end of this chapter is particularly striking and tells much about Laura?
9. What do you think is the significance of the title, "Judas in Scarlett"?
10. How does the relationship between CJ and Marietta compare to that of Laura and Buddy in Chapters 26 and 27?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Much of the imagery in this book is religious in origin; none more so than the Garden of Eden imagery. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Research the story of the Garden of Eden and give a very brief synopsis and interpretation of the story as told in Genesis.
2. Go through the book and cite all the images that are related to the Garden of Eden. Explain what the image is; how it is related to the Garden of Eden; and any symbolism it may represent.
3. Several characters at various times play the role of the serpent or "tempter." Find several instances when a character is fulfilling the role of tempter (or temptress) and discuss what is happening, why, and the resolution.
4. How does the ending of the book offer two different versions for the Garden of Eden? (i.e. one character is thrown out of the Garden, the other chooses to continue to cultivate the garden to create an even lovelier paradise). Was this ending inevitable? Where could things have changed for Laura so that she could have remained in the Garden?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The chapter titles in this book are very important both as clues to the content but also as symbolic representations of events and characters. 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. Choose two chapter titles other than "Palm Sunday" and "Visions of a Rock" and explain fully why they are titled as such, how the title informs the events of the chapter, and the title's symbolic meaning. Is the title effective? Does it fit the content of the chapter?
2. In a detailed essay, explore the chapter title "Palm Sunday" and its symbolic significance both in the events in that chapter and throughout the book.
3. In a detailed essay, explore the chapter title "Visions of a Rock" and its symbolic significance both in the events in that chapter and throughout the book.
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