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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. In her opening essays, what does Parks define as "the holding or having of something of one's own"?
(a) Belonging.
(b) Possession.
(c) Ownership.
(d) Adoption.

2. What is the first of four short plays anthologized under the title "Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom"?
(a) "Snails."
(b) "Squirrels."
(c) "Sasquatch."
(d) "Serpents."

3. The speakers in "Third Kingdom" recall being thrown off what?
(a) A bus.
(b) A baseball team.
(c) Their boat.
(d) Horses.

4. What does Lucius ask Mare to say at the end of scene "A" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?
(a) Pick a winner."
(b) "Love you."
(c) "Good luck."
(d) "Bless you."

5. Charles speaks to Aretha about the importance of what in scene "E" of "Open House"?
(a) Humor.
(b) Memory.
(c) Hindsight.
(d) Foresight.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tells the others to line up and calls out "Land Ho!" in the ending of "Third Kingdom"?

2. Aretha recalls a conversation with a slave-master named what in scene "D" of "Open House"?

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

4. In "An Equation for Black People Onstage," Parks calls for African-Americans "to show the world and ourselves our beautiful and powerfully" what?

5. What is the speaker at the podium referred to as in scene "B" of "Snails"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the theme of assimilation manifest in "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

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

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

5. What imagined encounter does Aretha experience in "C" of "Open House"?

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

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

8. Who are the characters and what do they reveal in the play "Third Kingdom"?

9. What is the relationship like between the younger and older Smiths in "Greeks (or the Slugs)"? How does this relate to other plays in the collection?

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

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