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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who describes how important it is for everyone in the family to have a clean, pressed appearance in scene "B" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?
(a) Mrs. Smith.
(b) Mr. Sergeant Smith.
(c) Muffy.
(d) Buffy.

2. In what European country did Suzan-Lori Parks spend part of her childhood?
(a) Germany.
(b) Switzerland.
(c) France.
(d) Spain.

3. In "An Equation for Black People Onstage" Parks writes, "The bulk of relationships Black people are engaged in onstage is the relationship between the Black and the" what?
(a) "White lifestyle."
(b) "White perspective."
(c) "White other."
(d) "Female other."

4. Who prepares to extract Aretha's teeth in scene "D" of "Open House"?
(a) Blanca.
(b) Charles.
(c) Miss Faith.
(d) Anglor.

5. What does Mare urge Lucius to do in scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?
(a) Go to church.
(b) Mow the lawn.
(c) Stay home.
(d) Go to the movies.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Mr. Sergeant Smith in scene "A" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

2. Who is speaking in scene "D" of "Snails"?

3. In "Elements of Style" Parks suggests that the use of language involves what?

4. What does Mrs. Smith ask her children if they'd like in scene "D" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

5. In scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander," Lucius tells Mare that his favorite horse is always what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "An Equation for Black People Onstage," what does Parks urge the reader to reconsider?

2. What does Parks relate about the contemporary theatre in "Elements of Style"?

3. What does Mr. Sergeant Smith write to his daughter in scene "C" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

4. What objectives do Mrs. Smith and Buffy reveal in scene "B" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

5. Who does the Naturalist describe as needing help in scene "D" of "Snails"?

6. What image does Mr. Sergeant Smith project in scene "A" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

7. What news does Molly relate in scene "A" of "Snails"? Who does Charlene describe in the scene?

8. What proposition does Lucius present in scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"? What did a woman at church criticize him for?

9. What imagery and sounds are depicted in the opening of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

10. What opening statement defines the essay "An Equation for Black People Onstage"? What does Parks' mean with the statement?

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