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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 is different about Agnes from the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1 to Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Why is Agnes mad that Michael is wearing a nightshirt?

3. When Michael and Agnes are first seen, what are they doing?

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. How does Michael describe his love for Agnes in Act 3, Scene 1?

2. Why did Michael react the way he did when he encountered his son returning home?

3. What mood is Agnes in when she first enters in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. What does Michael read to Agnes to help ease her labor pains?

5. Why is it important that Michael tells Agnes how much he loves the fact she has cold feet, hiccups and scratches her stomach in her sleep?

6. How does Act 3, Scene 1 conclude relating to Agnes and Michael's relationship?

7. What does Michael set out to do when his son comes home, and what really happens?

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

9. What faults in parenting do Agnes and Michael depict for each other?

10. What is the setting at the beginning of the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The sudden emergence into the realm of wealth is a life changing occurrence, and it affects the lives of Agnes and Michael. Use examples to support your response to the following:

1) How does the wealth and success of Michael's novel affect the lives and relationship of Michael and Agnes?

2) How do Agnes and Michael adapt to their new found wealth?

3) Does the author portray wealth to be a good or bad influence in people's lives?

Essay Topic 2

Each act in the play closes with an embrace between Michael and Agnes. This display of repetition is a literary device used by the author. Respond using examples to support your answer.

1) Does the embrace at the end of each scene always come from the same emotion, such as relief, love or compassion?

2) What is the significance of the repetition of the familiar embrace to the relationship of Agnes and Michael?

3) What is the significance of the repetition of the familiar embrace to the audience of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Michael confesses that Agnes has changed from the princess he married to his closest friend. Answer the following with supporting examples:

1) In what ways does Michael treat Agnes as a friend?

2) Does Agnes feel the same way toward Michael?

3) How does this strong friendship influence the marriage between Michael and Agnes?

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