Fences Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Instead of going back inside as Troy asks her to, what story does Rose (with Troy's help) tell Bono?

2. Who is Blue?

3. When Lyons appears, what makes Troy ask him why he's not in jail?

4. After Rose sends Cory out to help Troy, what do Cory and Troy work on silently for some time before talking to each other?

5. After Rose leaves, what information about Cory does Troy reveal to Bono and Lyons?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does Troy tell about the time he met the devil?

2. Why is Troy, many months after revealing his affair, still coming home every night?

3. What did Troy finish before he died?

4. Under what circumstances did Gabriel receive the injury which resulted in a metal plate being placed in his head?

5. How does Rose respond to Bono when he wonders why he stayed at his lousy first home so long?

6. What does Troy say about the Negro Leagues in baseball?

7. What does Troy say in response to Bono's comment that he's been spending a lot of time with a woman named Alberta?

8. When Troy is left alone in the yard, to whom does he speak?

9. What does Gabriel do at the end of the play?

10. What reason does Bono give Cory when he asks why Rose wants a fence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze how money affects the following characters: Troy, Cory, and Lyons. Explain why money is an issue for each and what each character does about the issue during the course of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the August Wilson poem, which appears before the play, applies to the play's characters and themes.

"When the sins of our fathers visit us

We do not have to play house.

We can banish them with forgiveness

As God, in His Largeness and his Laws."

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the evolution of Troy and Bono's relationship, explaining how long the two had been friends, how their relationship could be described at the beginning of the play, as well as how and why it changed by the end of the play.

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