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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. For what offense does Troy say his father once almost beat him to death?

2. Why does Gabriel think Troy is mad at him?

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

4. What does Troy remember about his own father?

5. What is Troy's response to Rose's argument that times have changed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Troy say when Rose wonders who's going to bury Alberta?

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

3. What does Troy say while complaining about baseball?

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

5. What does Troy remind Rose about Gabriel's compensation?

6. What does Troy say to his baby daughter?

7. What does Lyons tell Cory when Cory says he can't find a job?

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

9. What does Rose say when Troy asks her to take care of the baby?

10. What does Rose tell Troy he should do when the recruiter comes?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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