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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 Bono say about his first home in response to Rose and Tony talking about their home?

2. Where does the money come from that Rose gives Lyons?

3. After Rose leaves, what information about Cory does Troy reveal to Bono and Lyons?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What story does Troy tell about the time he saw Death in person?

3. Why does Troy say he left home when he was a young man?

4. What does Rose say Raynell brought into her life?

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

6. What did Troy finish before he died?

7. Who does Gabriel think he is?

8. What outside chore does Troy want Cory to help him with when Cory comes home from football practice?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the ways in which baseball terms are used metaphorically throughout the play. Give examples of when and how at least a dozen terms are used.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the specific events which lead to Troy's downfall. Mention each character in the book and how Troy's loss of control is manifested by each.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the character of Lyons. How he is related to the other characters in the book? What are his dreams and difficulties? Why might the playwright have included Lyons' character?

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