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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 Essie watch while they are preaching and singing?

2. How long has it been since Essie has seen her daughter?

3. What cliche does Laura quote to convince Essie?

4. Of what do they persuade each other?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. A psychological aberration is a person who is called a sociopath. A very loose definition would be someone unconcerned with the consequences of his/her actions on others and who rationalize their actions. Who seems to have sociopathic tendencies as shown in chapter 10 and why do you say that?

2. Do you believe Buddy really is upset that Essie does seem to believe his conversion is sincere?

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

4. How do the images of light and dark represent the way the white man Marty is involved behind the scenes in the church?

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

6. What image at the end of this chapter is particularly striking and tells much about Laura?

7. Do you think Buddy's conversion is sincere?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 10, "The Fix" is an interesting juxtaposing of spiritual with moral corruption. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. What do you think Laura's motives are for her actions in this chapter, particularly regarding soliciting money from gamblers, pimps and prostitutes and bribing cops?

2. Are Laura's lack of integrity and her resulting actions for a good cause justifiable? Give examples from this chapter and others. Why or why not?

3. Do you think Essie should be more forceful about stopping some of Laura's actions? Do you think she knows about the bribes to cops?

4. What could Essie do to stop Laura now when corruption has not become an established way of life for Laura?

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