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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 Charlene complain the apartment is infested with in scene "C" of "Snails"?

2. What does Mr. Sergeant Smith refer to as a promotion in "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

3. When did the Thirteenth Amendment abolish slavery?

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

5. What man does Aretha tell to be patient in scene "A" of "Open House"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What issues are discussed between Molly and Charlene in "C" of "Snails"?

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

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

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

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

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

8. In what ways does Parks leave metaphorical interpretation to the audience in "Snails"?

9. How are different styles of language juxtaposed in scene "B" of "Open House"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between history and African American youth as depicted in "Open House." What is Parks saying about history's importance in the play?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the relationship between Icarus and Mr. Sergeant Smith in "Greeks (or the Slugs)." In what ways are these tragic heroes similar?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of assimilation depicted in "Greeks (or the Slugs)." What symbols represent assimilation in the narrative?

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