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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 Michael say that his love has changed for Agnes in Act 2, Scene 1?
2. Michael said he has tried to persuade Agnes with servants, dresses, paintings and money so that she would do what?
3. When does Michael first comfort Agnes in Act 1, Scene 2?
4. Michael describes himself as a "male animal" that has done what?
5. When Agnes goes to the dressing room and returns, what item does she bring with her in Act 2, Scene 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. What has Michael tried to persuade Agnes with in order that she might like his book?
2. What is it that Agnes wants to do in relation to her marriage on the day of her daughter's wedding?
3. How does Agnes describe Michael's parenting?
4. What is the nature of the young poet's poem and who is it apparently dedicated to?
5. What does Michael read to Agnes to help ease her labor pains?
6. What is Agnes' reaction when Michael recounts his encounter with their son?
7. What is the author saying about Agnes' character when she is more concerned about the laundry outside than her labor pains?
8. Why are there so many sudden changes of subject in the conversation of Agnes and Michael on their wedding night?
9. What is the setting at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1?
10. In Act 1, Scene 2, who does it seem has taken the leadership role in the marriage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The ups and downs of Agnes and Michael's marriage is illustrated throughout the play. Using supporting examples, answer the following:
1) Does the author portray an enduring marriage as something positive or negative?
2) What characteristics are a husband and wife supposed to learn in order to have a successful marriage, according to the play?
3) Is the marriage of Agnes and Michael realistically portrayed? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The "God Is Love" pillow is first introduced as a wedding present to Agnes, who leaves it as a gift for the newlywed couple at the end of the play. Using examples to support your answer, compare and contrast the following:
1) What does the "God Is Love" pillow mean to Agnes throughout the play?
2) What does the "God Is Love" pillow mean to Michael throughout the play?
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