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. Why does Gabriel suddenly run off from Rose and Troy's yard?

2. When Lyons appears, what makes Troy ask him why he's not in jail?

3. When Bono tells Troy he'll be back on Monday, what does Troy say?

4. What does Troy tell Cory in response to his explanation about the football recruiter?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. While Troy and Bono are celebrating, for what reason does Lyons come to see Rose and Troy?

2. Why does Troy feel he is being treated unfairly at work?

3. What reason does Bono give Cory when he asks why Rose wants a fence?

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

5. For what reason does Troy rightly assume that Lyons has come to see them?

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

7. What is Rose's response to Troy's confession about Alberta?

8. Why does Cory say he has come home for Troy's funeral?

9. Where is Rose taking Raynell and a cake?

10. What does Troy say in response to Rose's comment that their son Cory is being scouted by a recruiter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between Rose and Troy. In your analysis, include the following topics: Rose's ultimatum to Troy before they married, Troy's treatment of Rose and her treatment of him throughout the play, Rose's reaction to Troy's affair, and ways in which the couple's relationship changes by the end of the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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