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. Why does Gabriel suddenly run off from Rose and Troy's yard?

2. Why does Troy want to know where Cory is in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What does Troy remember about his own father?

4. What happened to Troy's mother?

5. What does Troy say would have happened if he hadn't taken charge of Gabriel's money?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Lyons leaves, and Cory is left alone in the yard, what does he do, unaware that Troy is watching him?

2. What does Troy say to his baby daughter?

3. Why does Troy say he left home when he was a young man?

4. Why is Troy upset about the $50 bail needed to get Gabriel out of jail?

5. Gabriel is no longer living at the boarding house; where has he now been taken?

6. Why does Troy feel he is being treated unfairly at work?

7. What does Rose say Raynell brought into her life?

8. When he comes home for Troy's funeral, what does Cory find out that Lyons has been doing over the last few years?

9. What has Bono been doing on Friday nights instead of drinking beer with Troy?

10. For what reason does Troy rightly assume that Lyons has come to see them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In the play, Rose reveals an early theme of the play when she states, "Some people don't know that improving their lives is possible." Discuss this theme as it applies to Troy. What is Troy's opinion of this idea? Why does he feel the way he does?

Essay Topic 3

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."

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