Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why is the play's name attributed to that character?

2. What event is to occur at the Pollitt plantation that evening?

3. What is Maggie's plan regarding her marriage?

4. What is Mae's family background?

5. What does Brick do when Maggie makes suggestive advances?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Brick respond to Maggie's claims of loneliness?

2. What are the details of Maggie's encounter with Brick's close friend, Skipper?

3. Why must Maggie tell Brick everything that happened at the family's dinner that evening?

4. Why is Big Daddy especially cruel in his comments toward Big Mama?

5. What is the theme in Act 2 of the play?

6. What is Maggie's plan to make her lie become a truth?

7. How does Big Daddy indicate that he is back in control of running the plantation?

8. Explain how Maggie seizes the opportunity to take control of all the inheritance talk.

9. What medicinal precautions does Doctor Baugh take before leaving the Pollitt home?

10. What is the irony of Brick's hatred of mendacity in others?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of married women in the 1950s, especially Maggie's frustration that Mae has five children and is pregnant again while Maggie remains childless.

Essay Topic 2

Because Big Daddy is a self-made man, he finds the vulture-like characteristics of his family members to be particularly repugnant. Project how you think Big Daddy will write his final will now that he knows he is dying.

Essay Topic 3

Why have Gooper and Mae foregone their normal hiatus to the Great Smoky Mountains this year? Why do they think it is a critical time for them to spend time at the Pollitt plantation?

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