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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 smell keeps worrying Agnes in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. What does Agnes hold in her hand that she has taken from her wedding cake?

3. In Act 2, Scene 1, when Michael knocks on the door, what is Agnes doing?

4. Why is Agnes upset over Michael taking off her shoes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Agnes' reaction to the declaration of Michael's true feelings towards her on the day of her daughter's wedding?

3. Describe the mood of Agnes during her wedding night.

4. How does Agnes describe Michael's parenting?

5. What does Agnes realize about the bourbon after Michael takes a swig of it?

6. Why are there so many sudden changes of subject in the conversation of Agnes and Michael on their wedding night?

7. Why does Michael complain that he is feeling horrible pains in Act 1, Scene 2?

8. What is Agnes' reaction when Michael recounts his encounter with their son?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Michael is portrayed as a man who reforms his life for the love of his wife and family. Analyze his character with supporting examples and answer the following:

1) How has the character of Michael changed from his wedding night to the moving day at the end of the play?

2) Is Michael shown to truly be in love with Agnes throughout the play?

3) How has fatherhood affected Michael's character in relation to his marriage?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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