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The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson


by August Wilson

The Piano Lesson: Familial Dischord Quiz

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Q. What does Berniece think selling the piano would be like?

Selling their souls
Becoming slaves
Selling a church organ, but with fewer pipes
Selling their bodies
Q. Why does Berniece no longer play the piano?

Because two of her fingers are broken
Because she can’t remember how
Because it brings up too many painful memories
Because all she know is “Chopsticks” and it’s driving everyone bonkers
Q. Whose ghost appears in the play?

Jacob Marley’s
Q. ith what does Berniece threaten Boy Willie?

The possibility of her moving out of the house
A gun
Her cell phone. Hey, it was the only thing she had handy.
A knife
Q. How is the ghost banished?

Avery, a preacher, exorcises it
Berniece and Boy Willie hold a séance
Berniece plays the piano and calls on the spirits of her ancestors
They serve it with an eviction notice (they use invisible ink)