Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the premise and the setting for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a three-act play showcasing the turbulent lives of the Pollitt family, led by Big Daddy Pollitt. The family lives on a Southern plantation in Mississippi in the mid-1950s.

2. Who are the two main characters in the play?

The plot revolves around the two main characters, Brick Pollitt, and his wife, Margaret, informally called Maggie. Maggie is the play's namesake, which is attributed to her high spirits and perseverance.

3. What is the setting for the opening of the play?

The play opens in Brick and Maggie's bedroom, which also serves as a sitting room in the Pollitt plantation.

4. Who are Gooper and Mae?

Gooper is Brick's brother and is married to Mae. Gooper and Mae's family includes five children with the sixth on the way.

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