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. In scene "A" of "Devotees in the Garden of Love," what is Lily looking through?

2. In "Panel V: In thuh Garden of Hoodoo It" of "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World," what is Black Woman attempting to do?

3. When was "Pickling" first produced?

4. What are the fighters battling for in scene "B" of "Devotees in the Garden of Love"?

5. What possession of Miss Miss' does she wonder what happened to in "Pickling"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the objective of the Foundling Father relate to other protagonists in the collection?

2. How are linear and stream-of-consciousness narratives juxtaposed in "Pickling"?

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

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

5. What is evoked in the gunshots in The America Play, "Act One: Lincoln Act"?

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

7. What does the play on words of "Foundling Father" imply in The America Play?

8. What figures and characters are introduced by the Foundling Father in The America Play, "Act One: Lincoln Act"?

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

10. How does the term "pickling" apply to the play "Pickling"?

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

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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