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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. Tobias recalls ______________ who stopped loving him.

2. Harry and Edna give no real reason for _______________________.

3. Where are Harry and Edna staying in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

5. Claire wonders aloud about _______________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Tobias reach his breaking point with the bickering women this morning?

3. What are Julia's comments about the evening's dinner?

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

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

6. What is the outlook for Tobias's mental state?

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

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

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

10. What role does Agnes feel she has in Julia's continuing disappointments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alcohol abuse seems to be an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the abuse? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? How does it affect the abusers? How does it affect those impacted by the abusers? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Tobias and Harry. What are their roles within the group of women? What is the trust factor with the women? What are the reasons the women love each of these men who are so dramatically different?

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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