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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 kisses Mr. Sergeant Smith's desk in scene "D" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

2. Aretha is questioned about her marital status to whom in scene "C" of "Open House"?

3. What is shown onstage in the opening of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

4. How many children do the Smiths have in "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. For what subjects and themes is Suzan-Lori Parks well-known?

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

3. What action takes place between Lucius and Mare in scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

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

5. What imagery opens the play "Open House"? What characters are present?

6. What does Lucius criticize Mare for doing improperly in scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"? What is her criticism of him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Sergeant Smith in "Greeks (or the Slugs)." What is the overall objective of each character? What actions are taken in the first two scenes?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the origins, history, and stylistic elements of radio dramas and analyze the character of Miss Miss in "Pickling." How many characters comprise the cast?

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