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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. Where does Cory work?

2. Under what circumstances was Gabriel injured, leaving him with a brass plate in his head?

3. After Gabriel leaves, what does Rose tell Troy she's heard about Gabriel?

4. Which of the following characters is not related to Troy?

5. Why does Troy say that he's not impressed that Cory's being scouted by a football recruiter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What comment do Rose and Bono make about Troy's tall tales?

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

6. What is Troy's answer to Rose's question about why he won't let Cory play football?

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

8. What did Gabriel receive as compensation for his injury?

9. What is Rose's response to Troy's confession about Alberta?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Rose's decision to raise the baby Troy fathered with another woman. In what way is her decision a reflection of her characteristics throughout the play? In what way does her decision change her relationship with Troy? In what way does her decision change her life both positively and negatively?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, Troy constantly feels the need to control the lives of others. Analyze how Troy controls--or tries to control--the lives of Rose, Cory, and Gabriel. In each instance, give specific examples and explain to what extent these characters have improved the control of their own lives by the end of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the relationship between Cory and Troy evolves from the beginning to the end of the play. Include such factors as Cory's early obedience to his father, his growing defiance, and his attitude at the end of the play.

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