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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. Aretha recalls a conversation with a slave-master named what in scene "D" of "Open House"?
(a) Charles.
(b) Roger.
(c) Daniel.
(d) Frederick.

2. How many speakers are featured in the short play "Third Kingdom"?
(a) 5.
(b) 3.
(c) 4.
(d) 7.

3. What is Molly's name in scene "F" of "Snails"?
(a) Vero.
(b) Valerie.
(c) Mona.
(d) Chona.

4. Where does Mr. Sergeant Smith say he's been posted in scene "C" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?
(a) A small island.
(b) A lush mountain.
(c) A muggy jungle.
(d) A scorching desert.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who writes a letter to Mr. Sergeant Smith in scene "D" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

2. What does Lucius beat Mare with in scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

3. What word refers to that made conspicuous by excellence; noted; eminent; famous?

4. Who does Aretha urge to smile in scene "A" of "Open House"?

5. In scene "A" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)," Mr. Sergeant Smith uses a simile to describe hiding like what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What metaphors can be discerned by Mare's name in "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

2. What apparatus does the Naturalist describe in scene "B" of "Snails"?

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

4. What does Suzan-Lori Parks imply about African American youth in "Open House"?

5. What metaphor is central in the play "Open House"?

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

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

8. What metaphoric statement is made through repetition in "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

9. What is the central premise of the essay "Possession"? What play was inspired by a dream?

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

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