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

2. Who is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus in Greek mythology?

3. Where was Suzan-Lori Parks born?

4. In scene "B" of "Open House," Aretha speaks of God looking down on whom?

5. In scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander," Mare complains that Lucius is always going where?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the motif of transformation in "Third Kingdom," "Open House" and "Third Kingdom, Reprise." How do these plays relate to the theme of identity?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolic elements of The America Play and their relationship to one another. How does Abraham Lincoln correlate to the Great Hole of History? Why does the author choose to use this imagery?

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