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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 does Michael reveal that he said to Agnes when they first met?

2. In Act 2, Scene 1 Agnes asks Michael to do what for her?

3. What does Agnes believe Michael has prepared for their wedding night?

4. When Agnes goes to the dressing room and returns, what item does she bring with her in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. Michael says to Agnes that he "married a princess" but wakes up to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Michael so scared of the birth of the baby?

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

3. What is the source of conflict between Michael and Agnes in the final scene of the play?

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

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

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

7. What is the shift in Michael's actions and treatment toward Agnes in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

9. In the beginning of the play, does it seem as if Agnes and Michael truly love each other?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Michael confesses that Agnes has changed from the princess he married to his closest friend. Answer the following with supporting examples:

1) In what ways does Michael treat Agnes as a friend?

2) Does Agnes feel the same way toward Michael?

3) How does this strong friendship influence the marriage between Michael and Agnes?

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

At the end of the play, Michael and Agnes leave gifts for the newlywed couple moving in. Michael leaves a gift of a bottle of champagne while Agnes leaves the "God Is Love" pillow. Use examples from the play and respond to the following:

1) What do the individual gifts represent to the characters of Michael and Agnes?

2) What message are Michael and Agnes trying to deliver to the newlyweds?

3) What is the significance of the combined gift of the fourposter bed as given by both Michael and Agnes?

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