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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 overhears what Agnes has been saying about Claire?

2. Claire asks Tobias why he no longer has _________________________.

3. What does Tobias offer Claire when Agnes leaves the room?

4. What are Harry and Edna wearing when they emerge from the bedroom?

5. What does Julia tell Tobias she used to think of him as?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Agnes feel about Claire and how is that reflected in their communications?

2. Who does Julia direct her anger toward next?

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

4. What gesture does Tobias offer to make for Julia regarding her marriage?

5. What insight does Agnes share with Tobias regarding his role in Julia's irresponsible behavior?

6. Why are Tobias and Agnes pleased to have Harry and Edna leave their home in the end?

7. How does Tobias respond after hearing Harry's perspective on their friendship?

8. Who is the voice of calm and reason in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

10. What is the state of Agnes and Tobias's marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Tobias, Agnes, Julia, Claire, Harry and Edna. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of married women in the 1960s when the women in the novel are living their married lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do the have? What freedoms did they have that twenty-first century women do not have?

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