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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. Who is being observed by a cardboard cockroach in "Snails"?

2. The speakers in "Third Kingdom" reveal aspects of their dreams, many of which refer to what?

3. In "Snail," scene "C," Molly announces her decision to not make a career out of what?

4. Who arrives looking for the person with the cockroach bites in scene "F" of "Snails"?

5. The speakers in "Third Kingdom" recall being thrown off what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What action takes place on stage as the Foundling Father gives his monologue in The America Play, "Act One: Lincoln Act"?

2. What central theme or moral statement emerges in the ending of "Pickling"?

3. What is Lucy's response when Brazil asks whether she hears his father in The America Play, "C - Archaeology"? What is his reply?

4. What symbols of violence are central in "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World"?

5. With what song and memories does Miss Miss open the play "Pickling"?

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

7. What is evoked in the gunshots in The America Play, "Act One: Lincoln Act"?

8. Whose death is announced in "Panel II: First Chorus" of "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World"?

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

10. What figures and characters are introduced by the Foundling Father in The America Play, "Act One: Lincoln Act"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss and describe the life and career of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. When did Parks begin writing? What led her to the world of drama?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the original production of "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World." What successes has the play achieved? What criticism did the play meet and why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss postmodernism in literature and the role of the "other," and analyze how these terms apply to "An Equation for Black People Onstage" and the philosophies of Suzan-Lori Parks.

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