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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 kind of cancer does Violet have?
2. What is the name of Karen's fiance?
3. To whose memory does Tracy Letts dedicate August: Osage County?
4. At what time does Act 2 begin?
5. What business is Charlie in?
Short Essay Questions
1. How would you describe Violet's attitude toward Johnna in Act 1?
2. What is significant about the revelations regarding Sheriff Gilbeau in Act 1, Scene 4?
3. What is indicated by Sheriff Gilbeau's conversation with Bill in Act 1, Scene 4?
4. What is the significance of Jean's partaking of marijuana in Act 1, Scene 2?
5. How is the temperature of the Weston home metaphorical in August: Osage County?
6. What is significant about the reference to Sheriff Gilbeau in Act 1, Scene 1?
7. How and why are Karen and Violet juxtaposed against one another in the beginning of Act 2?
8. What theme is predominant in Act 1, Scene 4? How is this theme developed in the scene?
9. What is significant about the conversation between Ivy and Violet in the beginning of Act 2?
10. What literary allusions does Beverly Weston make in the play's Prologue?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the parent/child relationships in August: Osage County. How would you describe the different mother/daughter relationships in the play? How would you describe the father/son relationships? What symbolism in the narrative relates to this theme?
Essay Topic 2
Analyze and discuss the character of Beverly Weston in the play. How old is Beverly? What was his claim to fame? What do Beverly's actions in the narrative reveal about his character and situation?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of breaking free in August: Osage County. What characters in the play attempt to break free from their families and/or pasts? Are they successful? Why or why not?
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