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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. When Agnes is in bed she swears she is comfortable, but then immediately changes her mind, saying what?
2. After Michael puts on his coat to leave in Act 1, Scene 2, what is the next thing he does?
3. Michael says to Agnes that he "married a princess" but wakes up to what?
4. At the very end of Act 1, Scene 1, what do Michael and Agnes do?
5. What does Agnes throw at Michael when she is mad at him in Act 1, Scene 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. What mood is Agnes in when she first enters in Act 2, Scene 1?
2. What message does Michael say he got when he first saw the "God Is Love" pillow on his wedding night?
3. What is the nature of the young poet's poem and who is it apparently dedicated to?
4. How does Agnes describe Michael's parenting?
5. How does the fourposter bed have importance in Michael's life before even meeting Agnes?
6. What is Agnes' reaction when Michael recounts his encounter with their son?
7. What unites Agnes and Michael in the attitude toward their son's behavior?
8. Why does Michael say he is in love with another woman?
9. How does Act 3, Scene 1 conclude relating to Agnes and Michael's relationship?
10. What is it that Agnes taunts Michael with in Act 2, Scene 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compassion and the need to feel wanted greatly affects the relationship between Michael and Agnes throughout their marriage. Use examples from the play to support your response to the following:
1) When has Agnes felt the need to be wanted and what was her reaction to this feeling?
2) When has Michael felt the need of compassion and what was his reaction to this feeling?
3) By the end of the play, is the problem of the need for compassion solved in the marriage of Agnes and Michael?
Essay Topic 2
The setting of the play starts in 1890 and ends in 1925. This backdrop provides the author with the ability to use elements from this time period as an influence in the play. Answer the following with supporting examples:
1) What situations from the play are specific to the time period of the setting?
2) What situations from the play are unconditional in their setting and could take place in modern times as well?
3) How do the events and hardships of Agnes and Michael's marriage appeal to modern audiences, even though the setting of their marriage is a century in the past?
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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