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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. Meg and Babe remember their mother's death differently because:
(a) Meg was older than Babe when their mother died.
(b) Babe loved their mother and Meg did not.
(c) Meg is not as realistic as Babe.
(d) Meg refuses to believe her mother committed suicide.

2. When Chick arrives with Babe, she is upset because:
(a) Meg has shown up uninvited.
(b) Meg has asked her to leave.
(c) Babe has shot Zackery.
(d) Babe has refused to talk to her lawyer.

3. Meg takes a coke from the fridge to calm Lennie, but first she drinks from it herself, indicating:
(a) She is hungry and thirsty after her journey.
(b) Lennie is not thirsty.
(c) She needs time to think of what to say next.
(d) She is more immediately concerned with herself than with Lenny.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Chick's physical appearance suggests:

2. Rather than admit she is gaining weight, Chick claims the pantyhose do not fit because:

3. Chick asks Meg about her singing career because:

4. Babe will not talk to Barnette Lloyd because:

5. Granddaddy's attitude about Meg's singing career shows:

Short Essay Questions

1. What impedes Lenny's growth or happiness?

2. Why is Meg easily comforted by Barnette's sacrifice, while Babe is not?

3. How do Lenny and Babe feel at the start of Act III?

4. How might the three sisters serve as symbols for stereotypes of Southern women?

5. Why does Meg bring up Lenny's boyfriend from Memphis?

6. What do Meg and Babe's comments about Charlie reveal about the sisters.

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

8. What do Lennie's actions imply about her?

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

10. What seems to be happening to Babe at the end of Act II?

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