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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. As Agnes undresses on her wedding night, she gets distracted and comments about what?

2. Who does Michael say told him that everything in his life would turn out right and that he would have a happy married life?

3. Near the end of Act 2, Scene 1, why is Michael so upset?

4. When Agnes first enters the room in Act 2, what does she do?

5. When Agnes locks herself in the bathroom on her wedding night, what does she take with her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Michael turn around and do as he is about to leave to fetch the doctor?

3. Why does Michael think it is a bad idea to leave the "God Is Love" pillow behind?

4. Why is Agnes joking about taking her baby to a home, or orphanage, when talking to Michael?

5. How does Agnes describe Michael's parenting?

6. How is the relationship between Agnes and Michael at the very end of Act 2, Scene 2?

7. How does the fourposter bed have importance in Michael's life before even meeting Agnes?

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

9. How do Agnes' feelings differ toward the writings of Michael and the writings of the young poet?

10. At the end of Act 2, Scene 1, what is the status of Michael and Agnes' relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several examples of foreshadowing in the play. Michael and Agnes' son seems to take after his father, while Agnes' threat of an affair on her end almost becomes fulfilled. Using examples, respond to the following:

1) What examples of foreshadowing are used in the play?

2) What impact does this have on the relationship between Agnes and Michael?

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

Though it is clear that Agnes and Michael are in love on their wedding night, there is still a strong sense of uneasiness being alone with each other. Compare the couple's wedding night with the morning of their move to a new apartment in the last scene.

1) What has changed between Agnes and Michael in their relationship?

2) How do they act toward each other in each situation?

3) What, if anything, has remained the same?

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