Come Back, Little Sheba Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the setting and who are the characters which open the play?

The Delaney kitchen is dark and decorated with last night's dinner dishes. Doctor Delaney (Doc) is up preparing his breakfast. Marie, a young boarder staying with the Delaneys, is up early because she has to study for a biology exam - and not concentrate on her major studies to be an artist.

2. Who is Lola and how does she make her entrance into the play?

Doc's wife, Lola, gets up complaining about not being able to sleep late. She tells Doc she had a dream about losing her young dog, Little Sheba, again.

3. What creates an argument between Doc and Lola early into the play?

Doc listens as his wife goes on to express how proud she is that he has stopped drinking and been sober for 11 months. Lola suggests Doc come with her to a movie instead of going to help a struggling alcoholic on Skid Row that night. Doc tells Lola to take Marie with her instead. When Lola tells him Marie will be busy with Turk, the two begin to argue.

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