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. When did August: Osage County premiere in Chicago?

2. What 1925 film does Jean rush in to watch on television in Act 2?

3. How old does Steve guess that Jean is when he sits down with her during the movie in Act 2?

4. Who is the doctor that has treated Violet in Act 3, Scene 1?

5. Who comforts Violet at the end of Act 3, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is revealed of Mattie Fae's character in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

5. What happens when Barbara and Violet are left alone together in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

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

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

9. What does Sheriff Gilbeau reveal to Barbara in Act 3, Scene 4?

10. What is the significance of Ivy and Little Charles's placement in the dining room in Act 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the plot structure of August: Osage County. Where in the narrative does the exposition transition to rising action? Where does the climax occur? What information is revealed in the falling action and denouement of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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