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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. Who is described as "fresh as a dahlia"?
2. What does the mother say she wishes to do with her granddaughters?
3. What is the cot in the lullaby made of?
4. What does the mother say to her son just before he leaves her house in Act 1, Scene 1?
5. Where does Leonardo tell his mother-in-law his horse has been after she comments that it looks very tired?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the bride's father say about the mother's land when they first meet?
2. What do the mother and her neighbor talk about when they first enter the house after they have learned of the son's death?
3. Describe the encounter between the girls and the beggar woman when she first arrives at the house in Act 3, Scene 2.
4. During the conversation between the bride and Leonardo just before her wedding day, what does Leonardo blame the bride for?
5. What do the woodcutters argue with the moon about when they first meet?
6. How does the mother react when she learns her son's bride once dated a member of the Felix family?
7. Why does the mother ask her son if he's wearing a watch after they arrive at his bride's home?
8. What reasons does Leonardo give his wife for being rude to the girl who tells them about the son buying gifts for the bride?
9. How does the servant describe to the bride's father how Leonardo and his wife arrived from the church after the wedding?
10. What does the mother tell her son she thinks of his getting married?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the importance of the lullaby in Act 1, Scene 2. What purpose does the lullaby play? What significance does reciting the lullaby twice have?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the portrayal of woman's roles in society in the play. Do any of the female characters stray from this role? If so, what are the ramifications for their desire to play a different role?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the mother and son's view of forgiveness. How does each character handle their issues from the past? What role does forgiveness play when dealing with these issues?
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