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. What cliche does Laura quote to convince Essie?

2. How is the church a few blocks away doing?

3. What are Essie and Laura doing at the opening of this novel?

4. Where does Essie say that the spark to convert has to come from?

5. What does Essie want to discuss with Laura?

Short Essay Questions

1. What might have changed the course of Laura's life if Essie had thrown the knife away when Chicken-Crow-For-Day throws away his weapons in Chapter 12?

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

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

4. What truth do you think Birdie Lee might reveal in the future as foreshadowed in Chapter 19?

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

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

7. How is the title of Chapter 28, "Cross to Bear" relevant to Buddy and Laura's relationship?

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

9. 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?

10. What do you think is the significance of the title, "Judas in Scarlett"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in TAMBOURINES TO GLORY are the central focus of the novel; in other words, the characters drive the plot rather than the other way around as is the case in some novels. 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. Write an in-depth character analysis of Essie. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate her. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.

2. Write an in-depth character analysis of Laura. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate her. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.

3. Choose three other characters besides Laura or Essie and write about them in relationship to both Laura and Essie. Are they friendly or hostile to either main character? Explain with examples. What is their purpose(s) in the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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)?

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