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

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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. Where is Brick hiding while Big Mama chastises Maggie?

2. Who interrupts Brick and Maggie as they argue?

3. How many children do Brick and Maggie have?

4. How are the two main characters related?

5. Why is the inheritance such a critical factor now?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Maggie's plans for outwaiting Brick's current indifference toward her?

2. What does Big Mama think is best for Big Daddy after this big day?

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

4. How does Williams use the literary technique of flashback in this act?

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

6. Explain the ways Brick and Maggie are positioned unfavorably as well as favorably for Big Daddy's inheritance.

7. What is Big Daddy's experience with mendacity?

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

9. What is Big Mama's reaction after learning of Bid Daddy's terminal cancer diagnosis?

10. What do the others in the room do that irritates Big Mama?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the circumstances of Maggie's encounter with Skipper. What is the truth? What were the devastating outcomes?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why the family decides to not tell Big Daddy about the gravity of his illness. Are they really trying to spare him the pain of a terminal diagnosis? Or do they fear his response?

Essay Topic 3

What revelation does Big Mama make that ultimately breaks the tension related to the Pollitt inheritance? How do Gooper and Mae react to it? How do Brick and Maggie react to it?

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