August: Osage County Test | Final 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. How long ago does Ivy say she had a hysterectomy in Act 3, Scene 1?

2. Violet tells Barbara in Act 3, Scene 5, "You had better understand this, you smug little ingrate, there is at least one reason Beverly killed himself and that is" what?

3. Where are Barbara and Ivy in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 5?

4. For how many years does Charlie say he's been married to Mattie Fae in Act 3, Scene 1?

5. In the three-way-split conversation that occurs in Act 2, who is Barbara speaking with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed in Violet's description of her mother in Act 2?

2. What is the "truth" that Little Charles ultimately confesses in Act 2?

3. What is the significance of Violet's story about the boots in Act 3, Scene 1?

4. How does irony come into play in the final moments of Act 3, Scene 5?

5. How would you describe the character of Steve when he is introduced in Act 2?

6. Where in Act 3, Scene 5 does the climax of the plot occur?

7. How is the theme of competition illustrated in Act 3?

8. How does Violet feel about her circumstances in Act 3, Scene 5?

9. What is the significance of the house's temperature in Act 2?

10. What is revealed of Beverly's death in Act 3, Scene 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of longing for connection in August: Osage County. How does this theme manifest itself through the main characters? How is the theme developed through action in the plot? What symbolism and/or imagery relates to this theme?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Violet and Barbara in August: Osage County. In what ways is Barbara like her mother? How is she different? How does the relationship between these characters change in the course of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the Weston home in August: Osage County. How large is the house? How are the various rooms described in the play's stage directions? How does the house and its appearance reflect upon the lives of its inhabitants?

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