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. In response to what Rose tells him to do, what does Troy say he will do when the recruiter comes to the house?

2. Earlier in the day, what had one of Troy and Bono's co-workers been caught doing?

3. What does Troy say about his boss?

4. When Cory returns home, Rose tells him that Troy is angry for what reason?

5. What does Troy assume Lyons is doing when he puts his hand in his pocket?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Troy say that he is not planning to give Alberta up?

2. When Troy complains that Cory is lazy, how does Rose respond?

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

4. When Cory comes home from football practice, why is Rose upset with him?

5. While Troy and Bono are celebrating, for what reason does Lyons come to see Rose and Troy?

6. During their argument about Alberta, Troy grasps Rose's arm; how does Rose get free from Troy's grasp?

7. What does Troy say to his baby daughter?

8. What does Troy say in response to Rose's comment on a neighbor who won some money playing the lottery?

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

10. Why does Troy tell Cory that he needs to get a full-time job?

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

Explain how foreshadowing is used effectively in the play. Give examples of at least five instances in which foreshadowing comes into play--both from the standpoint of the foreshadowing itself and the event or dialogue it predicts.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the structure of the play, examining the time frame during which the play is set. How does Wilson alert the audience/reader to the passage of time from scene to scene? In your analysis, include your ideas about why Wilson made the decision to start the play when Cory was a high school student and end it nearly eight years later. Discuss the ways changes in other characters could only have been accomplished by using that time frame.

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