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. How does Barbara describe her daughter when talking to Sheriff Gilbeau in Act 3, Scene 4?

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

4. What does Barbara accuse Violet of being at the dinner table in Act 2?

5. What is the last name of the boy Raymond that Violet describes in Act 3, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the violence in Acts 2 and 3 representative of thematically?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Johnna respond to Barbara when they discuss Johnna's employment in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

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

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 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 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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