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. What gift had Violet asked her mother for Christmas, according to her story in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

3. After whom was Jean named, according to Barbara in Act 3, Scene 4?

4. What happens to Mattie Fae's casserole in Act 2?

5. Who brings in Mattie Fae's casserole in Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the predominant theme in Act 3, Scene 1?

2. What secret does Mattie Fae reveal to Barbara in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

4. How does irony apply to Violet's character in August: Osage County?

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

6. What triggers the conflict between Barbara and Violet in Act 2?

7. How are Violet and Little Charles juxtaposed against one another in Act 2?

8. Who is Little Charles? What is his relationship to the Weston family?

9. What is ironic about Karen's discussion of the past in Act 2?

10. What is significant about Barbara's comment "I'm still here" in Act 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of literary allusion throughout August: Osage County. What poets and authors are discussed and/or quoted in the story? How do these authors and their works relate thematically to August: Osage County? What is the significance of Beverly's book of poetry?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Johnna in the novel. What brings Johnna to the Weston home? How do the inhabitants of the home treat Johnna? How does Johnna's character evolve in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of addiction in August: Osage County. What characters display tendencies toward addiction? What has led to these tendencies? How is the struggle of addiction dealt with in the narrative?

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