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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 the play's prologue, Mother asks about what, regarding Thomas?

2. Kiester counters the complaint, denying what?

3. What does Harry advise Oscar regarding history?

4. Harry and Christina lie naked amidst what?

5. Using only the newspapers of the day, what is Oscar showing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is wrong with Lily, when she enters the scene?

2. Why must Thomas go to Quantness in this part of the play?

3. What do Pai and Oscar do after Oscar's nap?

4. For what do both Oscar and Trish want to sue?

5. What does Oscar think of Basie? Why does he keep him around?

6. What happens in the next scene of Oscar's play?

7. Why has Pai been having this discussion with Oscar? What does he want to know?

8. What is the rambling, disjointed message that Trish leaves for Christina?

9. What has Lily's lawyer told Oscar about his injuries?

10. How does Oscar explain Israel's purpose in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oscar milks the insurance company for his accident.

Part 1) Why does he do this? Is he successful? Why or why not?

Part 2) What is the importance of money in this story? Why it is so important?

Part 3) How is Oscar milked for his own money? What is the connection between the money he gives to others and the money he hopes to receive form his insurance company and law suits?

Essay Topic 2

A major theme is that the essence of law lies in language.

Part 1) How is this a theme?

Part 2) Do you believe this to be true in real life? Why or why not?

Part 3) How is language use significant throughout this novel?

Essay Topic 3

Harry dies.

Part 1) How does Harry die? Is his death foreshadowed? Explain.

Part 2) How does his death affect the other characters? Why does it affect them this way?

Part 3) What is the purpose of Harry's death? Why would the author have him die?

Part 4) Compare and contrast aspects of Harry's life and death to that of Judge Crease's.

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