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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What poet is Violet quoting with the line "Summer psalm become summer wrath" in the beginning of Act 2?
(a) Walt Whitman.
(b) Lord Byron.
(c) Emily Dickinson.
(d) Percy Shelley.

2. Who is the boy that Jean says she used to date in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Bill.
(b) Mark.
(c) James.
(d) Josh.

3. When was the photograph taken of Beverly and Violet in New York City that Mattie Fae looks at in Act 2?
(a) 1982.
(b) 1959.
(c) 1995.
(d) 1964.

4. How much older than Karen is Steve?
(a) 10 years older.
(b) 12 years older.
(c) 4 years older.
(d) 5 years older.

5. Who consoles Barbara when she collapses in tears after hearing of her father's death in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) Johnna.
(b) Ivy.
(c) Violet.
(d) Karen.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Barbara tell Jean do promise her in Act 1, Scene 4?

2. Who is Ivy's former boyfriend that Violet calls a loser in Act 1, Scene 1?

3. What does Barbara say Sheriff Gilbeau's father did on the day of the prom when they were dating in Act 1, Scene 4?

4. What does Sheriff Gilbeau give to Violet when she descends the stairs in Act 1, Scene 4?

5. How far away does Bill say his and Barbara's daughter is when they are arguing in the end of Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first climax that occurs in Act 1, Scene 4?

2. What information is revealed in the Stage Directions in the beginning of the play?

3. What is indicated by Sheriff Gilbeau's conversation with Bill in Act 1, Scene 4?

4. What is significant about the revelations regarding Sheriff Gilbeau in Act 1, Scene 4?

5. How is the theme of interpersonal responsibilities illustrated in the beginning of Act 2?

6. How would you describe the conflicts between Barbara and Violet in Act 1, Scene 2?

7. What foreshadowing is revealed in the Prologue to August: Osage County?

8. How and why are Karen and Violet juxtaposed against one another in the beginning of Act 2?

9. What important exposition is established in the Prologue to August: Osage County?

10. What literary allusions does Beverly Weston make in the play's Prologue?

(see the answer keys)

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