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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 want to play a greater role in church services?
2. What sound is heard outside as Buddy and Laura talk?
3. Who does Laura meet as she is closing the church one night?
4. How are Essie and Laura described on the first day of church in their new place?
5. What are some of Laura's "rocks" for security?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does it say about Laura as a person to send Marietta downstairs to get Essie knowing what Marietta will find?
2. What do you think is the significance of the title, "Judas in Scarlett"?
3. What do you think is the symbolism of the rock mentioned in Chapter 3?
4. 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?
5. Which woman would you support in the argument about what to do with their first 2,000 dollars and why?
6. What rationale does Laura use to try to convince Essie to start a church with her and does it seem a reasonable rationale?
7. In Chapter 21, narration expounds on what it means to go "North" to Southern Negroes; summarize narrations statements.
8. When Essie says she does not want to buy the Bible with gambling money, Laura accuses her of being too holy and too self righteous; from what do you think this accusation stems?
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 Chapter 26's title, "Moon Over Harlem"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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