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. With whom does Julia verbally tangle?

2. According to Agnes, why do people sleep?

3. What do Julia and Edna fight about?

4. How does Agnes refer to Julia's marriages?

5. What do Julia and Edna both want?

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

There is much symbolism in this story regarding Julia's bedroom. What does the room symbolize for Julia? What does it mean for Harry and Edna? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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