Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad 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. Who does the author suggest will become Madame Rosepettle's next lover?

2. What is the reaction from the men to the object in the hotel room?

3. When Madame Rosepettle speaks to her son, how does he answer her?

4. This play is a reaction to what artistic concept?

5. Why does Madame Rosepettle complain to the bellboys about her piranha?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are the characters of Jonathan and the commodore similar? In what way?

2. What is Rosalie's job? Does she enjoy it?

3. How did Madame Rosepettle's husband finally die? Why did Madame Rosepettle find this funny?

4. What is the last line of the play? How is this meaningful?

5. How does Madame Rosepettle react to her husband's mistress?

6. Why does Madame Rosepettle refer to Jonathan by different names each time she speaks to him?

7. Why did Madame Rosepettle decide to marry Albert Rosepettle?

8. In what way is Scene 3 dream-like?

9. What attractive qualities do you think Rosalie sees in Jonathan?

10. What are your initial perceptions of Rosalie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some have identified the plot of Oh Dad, Poor Dad as somewhat ridiculous and/or confusing. Would you agree or disagree? Why?

Essay Topic 2

What is the tone of Oh Dad, Poor Dad? Why would Kopit choose to write the story in this type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

Essay Topic 3

Kopit uses a narrative point of view throughout his entire play. Why do you think he chooses to write this way? What are the pros and cons of using this point of view in this particular story?

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