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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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Create a brief character study of Julia. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

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