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. What does Lola do with Marie's telegram?

2. What item does Doc find in the kitchen?

3. What does Marie suggest she and Turk do instead of kissing all the time?

4. What does Marie help Lola do?

5. What was the name of Lola's little dog?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the symbolism of the fading lilacs and Lola's fading youth.

2. How does Lola engage the milkman to stave off her boredom?

3. Why does Lola change her mind about Mrs. Coffman's involvement in Little Sheba's disappearance?

4. What discovery does Lola make as Act 2, Scene 3 begins?

5. Describe Lola and Doc's behavior around each other when Doc returns home from the hospital.

6. What gesture does Mrs. Coffman extend to Lola while Doc is gone?

7. What does Doc sneak out of the house with while Marie and Lola set the table?

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

9. How does the author show that Lola's attitude about her life has changed?

10. What does Lola ask Doc to do after she returns from Mrs. Coffman's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Lola. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 2

Alcohol takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA is a classic escape from reality story. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category? Explain.

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