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 Marie find in her room?

2. Who does Lola invite in for a glass of water?

3. What is Marie expecting from Bruce?

4. How long ago did Doc propose to Lola?

5. Why does Lola say she is proud of Doc?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the symbolism of the javelin in Lola's dream?

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

8. What is the significance of Marie's sudden departure from Doc and Lola's life?

9. What does Doc hear which makes him leave the house without even telling Lola he is leaving?

10. How does Mrs. Coffman's opinion of Lola change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Doc. 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 3

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?

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