Come Back, Little Sheba 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. Who is Lola's neighbor?

2. What does Marie find in her room?

3. What does the milkman do before leaving Lola's house?

4. What are Doc's plans for tonight?

5. Which of the following does Turk not do when Marie suggests they do something other than kiss?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bruce offer to treat Lola and Doc when he arrives in town?

2. How does the author use Doc's sneaking the whiskey out under his raincoat as foreshadowing?

3. How does the author show that Little Sheba symbolizes the life Lola used to have and still longs for?

4. Describe the beginning of the dream that Lola has.

5. What accusations does Doc make about Lola and Marie's men?

6. What decision does Doc help Lola to make about Little Sheba in her dream?

7. What does Lola reveal about her history with Doc?

8. Why does the reality of Marie's behavior stir questions about Lola's behavior in Doc's mind?

9. Who arrives at the house to help Lola and Mrs. Coffman with Doc?

10. How does the author show that Doc has feelings for Marie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Inge's use of humor in the play. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the taboo of pre-marital sex in the 1950s. Compare and contrast pre-marital sex in America during the 1950s to pre-marital sex in America today. What major changes have occurred, both positive and negative?

Essay Topic 3

The play seems to come full circle from Lola calling out for Little Sheba and then finally realizing that Little Sheba is not going to return. Do you think Lola is really satisfied in her own mind? Or is she just temporarily pacifying Doc? Explain your opinion.

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