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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who shouts from upstairs telling Dodge to take his medication when he coughs?
(a) Tilden.
(b) Bradley.
(c) Halie.
(d) Father Dewis.

2. Why did Sam Shepard choose a farm as the setting of this play?
(a) He loves to watch vegetables grow.
(b) It was a contrast between fertile farming and the deterioration of this family.
(c) It was a beautiful vision of this family's fruitful garden.
(d) He was sure Dodge would rally in the end.

3. What is a key factor that started the crack in Halie and Dodge's relationship?
(a) She had a very good herb garden.
(b) She grew flowers like everyone in the area.
(c) She loved to make quilts.
(d) Halie went from the city life full of activity to an isolated life on the farm.

4. Why does Sam Shepard write about this type of family?
(a) He enjoys sharing gardening tips.
(b) It is dysfunctional like his own family.
(c) This family shows how to support your family members when they are in pain.
(d) He enjoys revealing the victory of his family members.

5. Halie pretends to care for who?
(a) Bradley.
(b) Ansel.
(c) Tilden.
(d) Dodge.

6. Dodge said this to whom? "Don't go outside. There's nothing out there."
(a) Father Dewis.
(b) Tilden.
(c) Ansel.
(d) Bradley.

7. Who had an incestuous relationship?
(a) Halie and Father Dewis.
(b) Halie and Bradley.
(c) Halie and Ansel.
(d) Halie and Tilden.

8. When did Halie say she knew Ansel would be a dead man?
(a) When Dodge cried.
(b) When he kissed the bride.
(c) When the priest had a gun.
(d) When he placed a ring on his bride's finger.

9. There are vague hints about a dark secret hidden in what area of the farm?
(a) The living room on the sofa.
(b) Upstairs.
(c) The backyard.
(d) The back porch.

10. What event resulted because of the disintegration of this family structure?
(a) The adulterous relationship between Father Dewis and Halie.
(b) The sexual relationship between Tilden and Bradley.
(c) The incestuous relationship between Tilden and Halie.
(d) Ansel's marriage to a Catholic girl.

11. Who usually comes home drunk after being out all night? And who does she bring with her?
(a) Halie and Father Dewis.
(b) Tilden and Halie.
(c) Dodge and Halie.
(d) Bradley and Halie.

12. What does Tilden continue to bring in from the backyard?
(a) Garden tools.
(b) Vegetables.
(c) Soil for house plants.
(d) Flowers for Halie.

13. Why is Ansel not around anymore?
(a) He died on his honeymoon.
(b) He cut off his leg with a chain saw.
(c) He picked vegetables from the backyard garden and was bitten by a dog.
(d) He took all the tools from the farm and ran away.

14. Halie tells Dodge they have to take care of someone. Who is she talking about?
(a) Bradley.
(b) Tilden.
(c) Father Dewis.
(d) The Baby.

15. Who spent time in jail?
(a) Bradley.
(b) Dodge.
(c) Tilden.
(d) Father Dewis.

Short Answer Questions

1. One of the characters appears to be an upright and righteous member of the church. Who is that character?

2. What area can be seen from the living room during the play?

3. Why does Father Dewis come by?

4. Who owned this farm?

5. How does Halie treat Dodge?

(see the answer keys)

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