A Delicate Balance: A Play Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who leaves the room in hysterics?

2. Why is Tobias perturbed with Julia?

3. With whom does Julia verbally tangle?

4. What is Tobias considering?

5. Agnes believes that _____________ is to blame for Julia's behavior.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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