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Do you know about the famous African American theatre? You can take this African American theatre quiz to see how well you know about the same. Here, in this quiz, we have got a few questions to check your knowledge and memory about the popular African American theatre. Your scores will decide how sharp your memory is and how good your knowledge is about the theatres. All the best! You can share the quiz with friends or family who have an interest in theatres and dramas.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In August Wilson's interview, what does he say blues music communicates? (select that apply)

    • A.

      Beauty

    • B.

      Nobility

    • C.

      Acting

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Beauty
    B. Nobility
    Explanation
    In the interview, August Wilson states that blues music communicates both beauty and nobility. He does not mention acting specifically, so that is not included in his response. Therefore, the correct answer is beauty and nobility.

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  • 2. 

    Tyler Perry's play 'I Know I've Been Changed' was an instant success.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Tyler Perry's play 'I Know I've Been Changed' was an instant success. However, the correct answer is False, indicating that the statement is incorrect. Therefore, it can be inferred that Tyler Perry's play was not an instant success.

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  • 3. 

    The thought that peasants could rule over the kings was a great contribution to the early popularity of minstrel shows in America.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that the idea that peasants could have power over kings was a significant factor in the early success of minstrel shows in America. This implies that the concept of social hierarchy being challenged or reversed would have appealed to audiences, possibly because it offered a sense of empowerment or rebellion against authority. This aligns with the themes often portrayed in minstrel shows, where characters from lower social classes would mock or satirize those in positions of power. Therefore, the answer "True" is supported by the explanation.

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  • 4. 

    What political agenda gave rise to the popularity of minstrel shows?

    • A.

      New democratic rules

    • B.

      Introducing new political members

    • C.

      Abolition of slavery

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Abolition of slavery
    Explanation
    The popularity of minstrel shows can be attributed to the political agenda of the abolition of slavery. After the abolition of slavery, there was a need for white Americans to maintain a sense of racial superiority and control over the newly freed African Americans. Minstrel shows provided a platform for white performers to portray racist stereotypes of African Americans, thereby perpetuating racial discrimination and maintaining white dominance. These shows were a reflection of the racist attitudes and beliefs of the time, and served as a means to justify and reinforce racial inequality.

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  • 5. 

    What was another name for the Black Vaudeville circuit?

    • A.

      Bobby time

    • B.

      Toby time

    • C.

      Hobby time

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Toby time
    Explanation
    The Black Vaudeville circuit was also known as "Toby time".

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  • 6. 

    Black actors didn't appear in any minstrel shows.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because black actors did appear in minstrel shows. Minstrel shows were a popular form of entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries, where white performers would often wear blackface makeup to portray stereotypical and racist caricatures of black people. While the majority of performers in minstrel shows were white, there were also black performers who participated in these shows, often forced to conform to the racist stereotypes.

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  • 7. 

    Aunt Jemima's pancake mix got its name from one of the minstrel show characters.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because Aunt Jemima's pancake mix was indeed named after one of the characters from minstrel shows. The character of Aunt Jemima was a racial stereotype of an African American woman, often depicted as a servant or cook. The pancake mix was introduced in 1889 and initially used the image of a black woman dressed as Aunt Jemima on its packaging. While the brand has undergone changes over the years to remove the racial stereotypes, its origins are rooted in the minstrel show character.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the first and most successful African-American woman playwright?

    • A.

      Flournoy Miller

    • B.

      Lorraine Hansberry

    • C.

      Adrienne Kennedy

    • D.

      Anna Deavere Smith

    Correct Answer
    B. Lorraine Hansberry
    Explanation
    Lorraine Hansberry is the correct answer because she was the first African-American woman playwright to have a play produced on Broadway. Her play, "A Raisin in the Sun," was a critical and commercial success, making her one of the most successful African-American playwrights of her time.

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  • 9. 

    (Fences) What does Troy do for a livelihood?

    • A.

      Garbage man

    • B.

      Watchman

    • C.

      Waiter

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Garbage man
    Explanation
    Troy's livelihood is being a garbage man. This means that he works in the sanitation department and is responsible for collecting and disposing of garbage. This job involves physically demanding work, as he has to lift and carry heavy bags of trash. Being a garbage man is not glamorous, but it provides a steady income for Troy and his family.

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  • 10. 

    (Fences) Where Troy learn to play baseball?

    • A.

      Playground

    • B.

      Prison

    • C.

      Home

    • D.

      School

    Correct Answer
    B. Prison
    Explanation
    Troy learned to play baseball in prison. This suggests that he may have been incarcerated at some point in his life and had the opportunity to learn and play the sport while serving his sentence. It also implies that Troy's time in prison had a significant impact on his life and shaped his skills and interests, such as baseball.

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