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. What can be seen as a metaphoric representation of the essentially empty, idealized image of Lincoln inhabited and clung to by the Foundling Father and shot by the would-be assassins in The American Play?

2. What does Lucy's son confess, weeping, in the end of "C - Archaeology" of The America Play?

3. In "Panel I: Thou Holy Ghost" of "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World," Black Man tells Black Woman he's been accused of what?

4. The implied occupation of the Lesser Known in the beginning of The America Play was what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is described about Miss Miss's mother in "Pickling"?

2. What play does the Foundling Father introduce in The America Play, "B - Echo"? What takes place?

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

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

5. What has happened to Black Man in "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World," "Panel III: Thuh Lonesome 3Some"?

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

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

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

9. What is introduced in the "Overture" of "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World"?

10. What conversation do Lucy and Brazil share of the Lesser Known in The America Play, "E - Spadework"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss and describe the life and career of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. When did Parks begin writing? What led her to the world of drama?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the themes, characters and actions in the short play "Third Kingdom." What is the setting of this play?

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