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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 does Laura say about Essie that is hurtful?

2. What plan do Laura and Buddy devise?

3. About what is Essie worried?

4. What does Laura want from Essie the next morning?

5. What does Laura want to do with the money?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 21, narration expounds on what it means to go "North" to Southern Negroes; summarize narrations statements.

2. What is ironic about the name of the man Laura meets in Chapter 14?

3. How do you think Marietta feels having been raised in the rural South to arrive in Harlem and find an older, very attractive man flirting with her?

4. How does Laura seem to have her moment of transformation as she comes to jail and confronts Essie?

5. 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?

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

7. What rationale does Laura use to try to convince Essie to start a church with her and does it seem a reasonable rationale?

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

9. What do you think CJ's initial motives are in trying to get Marietta to make love with him and why do you think that changes?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Laura is constantly projecting personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. What does it mean to project motives or traits upon someone else? Give a couple examples from your own experience when you or someone you know has projected a motive, trait, or belief upon someone else.

2. Name four instances when Laura projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. How accurate is she?

3. Why do you think Laura projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters? How can projecting cause one to be taken off guard by someone some day? Does that happen in the case of Laura (example as with Birdie Lee)?

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

This novel is replete with symbolism, especially religious symbolism of a Judea-Christian origin. 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. Describe all the symbolism around the River of Jordan, its relation to Christianity, its meaning to Blacks as originated with those in slavery in the United States, and how it is used in this novel.

2. Discuss the symbolic meanings of Tambourines in the novel, giving specific examples. How are Tambourines both a symbol of spirituality and materialism? Why do you think the author names the novel TAMBOURINES TO GLORY?

3. Discuss the idea of ascension and how it is symbolized in the novel. How does the idea of ascension differ depending on the character?

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