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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 does the mother tell her son she wishes he was in Act 1, Scene 1?
2. Who says, "Whenever I leave you I feel a great emptiness and a kind of lump in my throat"?
3. What does the mother say she wishes to do with her granddaughters?
4. What reason does the neighbor give the mother when she leaves?
5. Who is at the bride's window on horseback the night before the son and mother's visit?
Short Essay Questions
1. What reason does the bride give her servant for not wanting to get married?
2. What excuse does Leonardo give his mother-in-law for being out so long on his horse in Act 1, Scene 2?
3. What does the bride say towards the servant girls when talking about getting married just after her wedding?
4. How does Leonardo react when his wife asks why he is leaving the house again at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?
5. What are some of the complaints the mother makes about the bride's land?
6. What do the woodcutters ask of death when they meet her in the woods in Act 3, Scene 1?
7. How does the mother react when the neighbor tells her that her husband and son are better off where they are in Act 1, Scene 1?
8. Why does the mother become so angry when her son asks for a knife to cut some grapes?
9. What prompts the son to ask his mother, "Would you like me to kill them"?
10. During the conversation between the bride and Leonardo just before her wedding day, what does Leonardo blame the bride for?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the play, both the bride and Leonardo show similar reactions to the bride and son's impending wedding. What is this reaction? What is the author's intent of portraying such similar reactions between these two characters?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the concept of fate in the play. What role does fate play in the lives of the play's characters? Does anyone tempt or try and alter their fate? If so, what are the ramifications of this?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the symbolism of flowers in the play. What is the author's purpose for using them? In what ways do flowers personify the characters of the play?
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