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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. Who suggests that Phil let his own son get more playing time?
2. George is about to launch a re-election campaign against someone of what religious affiliation?
3. At whose home does Act 1 take place?
4. How much money has Phil offered for George's re-election campaign?
5. Who is George's wife?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the role of the men's friend, Phil, in George's political career?
2. What city does the play take place in and how does its decline mirror the lives of the men of the championship team?
3. Describe the setting for Act 1.
4. What does Phil state as his main reason for his unwillingness to back George in the election?
5. What is Tom able to verbalize to the Coach that the others cannot?
6. How does James' interest in running for mayor come up in conversation?
7. How does the author show that money does not necessarily buy happiness as exhibited by Phil's life?
8. How does George learn that Phil is having an affair with his wife?
9. What role did Coach play in George's decision to institutionalize his special needs child?
10. What resentments does James carry about his life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Create a brief character study of Phil. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of George and Phil. What are their roles within the story? Why is there such animosity between the two? Does their level of success create more competition between them than with any of the other men? Why would Marion be attracted to both of these men and for what reasons?
Essay Topic 3
Inge uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the play and note why they are examples of irony.
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