The America Play, and Other Works Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 practicing French in scene "A" of "Devotees in the Garden of Love"?

2. What does Miss Miss recall her mother doing with her hair in "Pickling"?

3. Who is watching the battle in scene "B" of "Devotees in the Garden of Love"?

4. What are the names of the two combatants in scene "B" of "Devotees in the Garden of Love"?

5. What are Lucy and her son watching on television in "G - The Great Beyond" of The America Play?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Parks intertwine linear narrative and metaphor in The America Play?

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

3. What role does race play in "Devotees in the Garden of Love"?

4. What conversation do Black Man and Black Woman share in "Panel I: Thou Holy Ghost" of "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World"?

5. In scene "B" of "Devotees in the Garden of Love," how and what does Madame Odelia Pandahr describe?

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

7. In what ways does Madame Odelia Pandahr build suspense in scene "D" of "Devotees in the Garden of Love"?

8. What are Lily and George doing in the opening of "Devotees in the Garden of Love"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the dramatic structure of the Classical Greek theatre and historical references in "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World." Where and when did the traveling electric chair originate?

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

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