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. What does Cory go inside to do after Rose tells him that Troy is angry?

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

3. What does Troy say about his faithfulness to Rose?

4. In what way does Troy say he doesn't want his son to end up like him?

5. Why does Gabriel say his own name is not in Saint Peter's book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Troy say to his baby daughter?

2. Why did Troy go to prison as a young man?

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

4. What warning does Bono give Troy about Rose?

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

6. After Bono and Troy's conversation about Alberta, Bono leaves and then Troy confesses what to Rose?

7. What does Troy say in response to Cory's question about why Troy has never liked him?

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

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

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

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

Using ideas from the play, explain why you think August Wilson chose to call his play "Fences." In addition to discussing the fence which Troy builds around his house, include your ideas about what other fences exist in the play and why the fence serves as a strong symbol in the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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