A Delicate Balance: A Play Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the setting for Act 1 of A DELICATE BALANCE?

The play opens in the comfortably appointed suburban living room of Agnes and Tobias, a married couple.

2. How old are Agnes and Tobias?

Agnes is in her late 50s, and Tobias is a little older.

3. What is the topic that Agnes ponders out loud?

Agnes is thinking aloud about what it would be like to go mad. She believes that if one can entertain the idea of it, there is probably not any danger of going over the edge. She thinks that if she should go mad though, she would find it to be freeing to lift away from everything.

4. How does Tobias respond to Agnes talk about going mad?

Tobias assures Agnes that she is the sanest person he knows and will be the last to plunge into any depths. Agnes concedes that she could never go adrift for fear of what would happen to him. Tobias jokingly tells her that he will have her committed, sell everything, and move to Tucson where it's sunny all the time.

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