The Fourposter 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. In Act 2, Scene 1 Agnes taunts Michael with what fact?

2. Agnes tells Michael that he has sold his soul for what?

3. Why does Agnes say she would give away all twenty of her children?

4. What does Agnes think Michael has given up?

5. What does Michael read to Agnes at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1?

2. What unites Agnes and Michael in the attitude toward their son's behavior?

3. In what ways does Michael show he cares for Agnes on their wedding night?

4. What is the shift in Michael's actions and treatment toward Agnes in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Why does Michael complain that he is feeling horrible pains in Act 1, Scene 2?

6. Why does Agnes keep bringing up the fact that she smells gas from the lamps?

7. What does Agnes realize about the bourbon after Michael takes a swig of it?

8. In Act 1, Scene 2, who does it seem has taken the leadership role in the marriage?

9. What message does Michael say he got when he first saw the "God Is Love" pillow on his wedding night?

10. Why is Agnes so melancholy at the start of Act 3, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Agnes goes through many changes throughout the play. Beginning with her wedding night and ending with her gift at the end of the play, analyze Agnes' character by answering the following:

1) How is Agnes represented in her youth compared to her older years?

2) How has motherhood changed Agnes?

3) What ways have Agnes' religious beliefs influenced her decisions in life?

4) Is Agnes' character capable of acting selfishly? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play there are intense scenes of drama, but also lighthearted instances of humor. Respond to the following with examples to support your essay:

1) When has humor been used in the play?

2) Why are these situations humorous and are they as humorous to Michael and Agnes as they are to the audience?

3) Why is it important to the author and the audience to break up the dramatic scenes of the play with bursts of humor?

Essay Topic 3

Agnes and Michael are parents to a son and daughter, a fact that influences their characters' decisions and actions. Support your essay with examples from the play and respond to the following:

1) What good parental characteristics are Agnes and Michael shown to have?

2) What bad parental characteristics are Agnes and Michael shown to have?

3) How has becoming parents changed the relationship between Michael and Agnes?

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