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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. Which of the following do Charlie and Oliver not talk about?

2. What is Young Charlie determined to do?

3. What job does Charlie's birth mother do?

4. What had the doctor said when Young Charlie was born?

5. What does Mary say she will do with Young Charlie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Oliver's plans differ from Charlie's once Charlie sees Mary sitting on a bench reading?

2. What foreshadowing does the author use regarding Da's intention for his legacy?

3. How does the author provide some context for Da's anger at Mother to help the reader better understand him as a person?

4. What ulterior motive does Oliver have for coming to see Charlie after his Da died?

5. What does Drumm bring to the house for Charlie and how does Charlie respond?

6. How does the author use foreshadowing regarding the razor blades Charlie gave to Da for Christmas one year?

7. How does Young Charlie make his first appearance in the play?

8. How does Charlie injure his hand on the glasses sculpture?

9. What information does Young Charlie overhear and how does he react to it?

10. How does Da make his first appearance in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

DA is a classic story of coming to terms with your past. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Da and Drumm. Both men want influence over Charlie but have their hold on him in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years after the end of the play and write a brief synopsis for Charlie's life. Will Da still be such a powerful presence in his life? Explain.

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