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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 does Oscar state about his teaching career?

2. What does the plaintiff do with the play?

3. Oscar agrees the title evokes the death scene at the end of what Shakespeare play?

4. What forces Thomas to go north to prevent the Union government from seizing everything?

5. What does Bunker say is Trish's duty?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kevin know about Oscar's scar, according to Lily?

2. How is James B. bitten?

3. What takes place in Scene 2 of Oscar's play?

4. What does Lily think of Oscar's play so far?

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

6. What does Thomas recall about war in this scene?

7. Why is Trish suing to maintain support payments for her son?

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

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

10. How does Kiester respond to this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The family myth is destroyed.

Part 1) What is the family myth? How is it destroyed? How are the various characters affected by this?

Part 2) How different would the story have been if this myth had been discovered earlier in the story?

Part 3) How has this discover affected you as the reader? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Lily snaps.

Part 1) What stress does Lily have in her life? Why does she snap?

Part 2) How do others deal with her at this point? Why? What is the connection with her snapping to what is going on in the story?

Part 3) What does this reveal about Lily's personality? What are your thoughts and opinion of Lily? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Oscar latches onto Button.

Part 1) Who is Button? Why does Oscar latch onto him? To what discovery does this lead?

Part 2) What is the connection between Button and Basie? Why is this important?

Part 3) How does this discovery affect Oscar and his case? Why does the author create Basie in this way?

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