A Delicate Balance: A Play Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Agnes pondering as Act 1 begins?

2. Why are Harry and Edna going home?

3. Who does Tobias attempt to defend all the time?

4. What is the location of the play?

5. Who begins to pick little fights?

Short Essay Questions

1. How old are Agnes and Tobias?

2. What are Agnes and Tobias's main points when considering whether or not to ask Harry and Edna to leave?

3. What does Agnes cite as the beginning of her marriage to Tobias?

4. Who emerges as the voice of reason and calm in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. What does Julia do when Tobias tries to get her to understand that she is responsible for her life?

6. What announcements does Edna make regarding the bedroom?

7. What does Tobias offer to do for Julia in spite of her snide comments toward him?

8. What reasons does Agnes give for lashing out at Claire?

9. What is the topic that supersedes Agnes's obsession with madness?

10. What is the setting for Act 2, Scene 2 and which characters are present as the scene opens?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Albee uses more than one instance of irony in the book. One example is the clarity with which the alcoholic Claire can view life. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the play and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 2

The play seems to come full circle from Agnes's musings about going mad in the beginning of the play, to the end where Agnes says that people sleep at night because they are afraid of the darkness. ''They say we sleep to let the demons out--to let the mind go raving mad. . . . And when the daylight comes again . . . comes order with it.'' Is Agnes satisfied with the order of things as the play ends? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Albee's use of humor in the play. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

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