August: Osage County Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 phrase does Violet repeat again and again at the end of Act 1, Scene 4?

2. What does Jean offer Johnna when she visits her in her room in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What is Sheriff Gilbeau's first name?

4. How is the lighting described in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4?

5. In the Prologue, Beverly tells Johnna, "I know how to launder my dirty undies... done it all my life, me or my wife, but I'm finding it's getting in the way of my" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the second climax occur in Act 1, Scene 4?

2. What is significant about the reference to Sheriff Gilbeau in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

4. Where do the Weston family members make arrangements to stay in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

6. What is ironic about Karen's descriptions of Steve in the beginning of Act 2?

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

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

9. What is significant about the reference to the safety deposit box in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the conflicts that arise in Act 2 of the play. What physical conflicts take place? What leads up to these conflicts? Are the conflicts in Act 2 resolved? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Barbara's relationship with Sheriff Gilbeau. How is the history of Barbara's relationship with Gilbeau described? What is their current relationship like? How does this relationship evolve?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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