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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. If you described Dodge's life, what would be the first thing you would notice?
(a) He is very active and loves to jog.
(b) His life is confinded to the couch, television, and a bottle.
(c) He is proud of his wife.
(d) He is devoted to his children.

2. How does Halie treat Dodge?
(a) She is faithful to her vows.
(b) She retreats from him, hiding upstairs.
(c) She talk continuously about her beloved.
(d) Joy overflows their relationship.

3. Who was an all-American halfback with a bright future ahead of them?
(a) Father Drewis.
(b) Tilden.
(c) Bradley.
(d) Dodge.

4. What character was on stage during Act one?
(a) Tilden.
(b) Bradley.
(c) Dodge.
(d) Father Drewis.

5. What seemed to be just below the surface of this family's relationship?
(a) That Tilden was a practising Catholic.
(b) The fact that Bradley was a drunk.
(c) A light reference to a dark family secret.
(d) That Father Dewis truly cared for Halie.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose betrayal started the total destruction of this family?

2. One of the characters appears to be an upright and righteous member of the church, who is that character?

3. What does Halie say Dodge has become?

4. Why does Sam Shephard write about this type of family?

5. What is primary character does Halie portray?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bradley like at the start of the play?

2. Who is the first character to appear in Act 1?

3. What might be Bradley's reasons for being so mean?

4. What is Halie's way of showing her apparent concern for Dodge?

5. Why do you think Tilden acts the way he does?

6. What are we told happened to Ansel?

7. In the first act, where are the characters?

8. How are Dodge and Halie presented in the first act?

9. What's one indication that Tilden is not his self and disturbed?

10. How do the family members get along in the first act of this play?

(see the answer keys)

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