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. What clothing are Michael and Agnes wearing in the very beginning of the play?

2. In Act 1, Scene 2, what is Michael's selfish concern?

3. Why does Agnes take the side of the bed away from the door?

4. What object(s) does Michael use to call for Agnes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Agnes wish she were dead at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

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

3. What is the conflict at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

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

5. What does Agnes do while Michael is taking their things to the car?

6. Why does Agnes have a rose in her hand?

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

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

9. What is the author saying about Agnes' character when she is more concerned about the laundry outside than her labor pains?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Choose any two scenes from the play. Compare and contrast the portrayal of the love between Michael and Agnes using supporting examples. Be sure to address the following:

1) How do Agnes and Michael express their love to one another?

2) Has their love matured between these scenes?

3) What influences the confession of their love to each other in each scene?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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