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. Who does Gabriel think he is?

3. Who is Blue?

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

5. What does Troy say that he has to do because he is afraid of the devil?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cory respond when Troy tells him how much he has done for Cory?

2. Who does Gabriel think he is?

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

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

5. How does Rose respond to Bono when he wonders why he stayed at his lousy first home so long?

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

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

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

9. What does Rose say was the reason why Troy never got to play in the major leagues?

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

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

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 Troy's childhood, explaining what happened to his mother and how his father forced him to leave home. Examine what effect those childhood experiences have on his personality and his actions.

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