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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 does Lucius describe having criticized him for wearing the same clothes every day in scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

2. Lucius describes being known for wearing the same of what every day in scene "B" of "Betting on the Dust Commander"?

3. Aretha is told she has what in scene "C" of "Open House"?

4. For what play did Parks receive the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama?

5. Who worries that her father doesn't like her in scene "D" of "Greeks (or the Slugs)"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Suzan-Lori Parks imply about African American youth in "Open House"?

5. What metaphor is central in the play "Open House"?

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

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

8. What does the cockroach represent in "Snails"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define and analyze metaphor and symbolism in "Snails." What can the cockroach and Naturalist be seen as symbols of in society? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss ways in which African Americans in the past were blinded to or denied their own cultural identity. How does Parks depict this as African Americans attempting to fulfill a role created by white culture in "Pickling"?

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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