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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Babe seems to blame their mother's death on:
(a) The pressures of being a single mother.
(b) Society's judgement of women.
(c) The cat's misbehavior.
(d) Their father's abandonment.

2. Chick's continual focus on the shame their mother's suicide brought on the family suggests:
(a) She is unsympathetic and self-interested.
(b) She is untouched by the situation and doesn't remember much about it.
(c) She is afraid they will forget what happened,.
(d) She is the only responsible one in the family.

3. Babe will not talk to Barnette Lloyd because:
(a) She wants to go to jail.
(b) She is ashamed of herself for shooting Zackery.
(c) She does not believe he can properly defend her.
(d) She is protecting her teenage lover.

4. The most pressing matter of the moment is:
(a) Getting Doc out of the house before Meg sees him.
(b) Visiting Granddaddy at the hospital.
(c) Taking Chick's children to the doctor.
(d) Picking up Babe from prison.

5. Though Meg seems entirely self-interested, her actions reveal:
(a) She is ready to move home and help Lenny shoulder her responsibilities.
(b) She cares about her sisters and will act on their behalf.
(c) She has sacrificed herself on many occasions for the family.
(d) She wants to stay in town to see what she will inherit after her granddaddy's death.

Short Answer Questions

1. Barnette plans to win the case by arguing:

2. When Babe begins telling her story, she refuses Meg's offer of candy, which suggests:

3. Through the dialog, it becomes apparent that Zackery Botrelle:

4. Meg takes a coke from the fridge to calm Lennie, but first she drinks from it herself, indicating:

5. Lenny believes Babe shot Zackery because:

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Barnette's reaction to Babe's story reveal about his character?

2. What is Meg's explanation for Zackery's threats?

3. What do the candy, cokes, and lemonade symbolize for the girls?

4. What does Babe's affair with Willy Jay suggest about her?

5. Why does Babe seem surprise to hear the real story of Doc's injury and the town's opinion of Meg?

6. Why does Lenny continually bring up the past?

7. What "crime" has Meg committed against Granddaddy in Act II?

8. What is significant about the last image on stage before the lights go down?

9. Describe Meg's life in Hollywood.

10. In their discussion of the rules for "hearts," the girls remember that hearts are bad, which suggests what?

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