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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. Instead of going back inside as Troy asks her to, what story does Rose (with Troy's help) tell Bono?

2. Where does Cory work?

3. When Gabriel first appears, what is he carrying?

4. When Rose appears in Act 1, why does Bono say he doesn't want to stay for dinner?

5. What is Troy's response to Cory's question about why Troy never liked him?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Troy complains that Cory is lazy, how does Rose respond?

2. What does Troy say while complaining about baseball?

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

4. When Troy and Bono come home after Cory has left for the game, why are they celebrating?

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

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

7. What does Troy say in response to Bono's comment that he's been spending a lot of time with a woman named Alberta?

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

9. Why does Gabriel say that, although Rose and Troy's names are in Saint Peter's book, his name is not?

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

Essay 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

Discuss the reason(s) why Cory may have chosen a different path for himself by the end of the play, explaining how it seemed from the beginning of the play that history might be repeating itself in the story of father and son.

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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