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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. Michael wishes he was lying where in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What does Agnes tuck into bed with Michael when he is not feeling well?

3. What is special about the condition of the linens on the fourposter bed in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. What attribute(s) of Agnes does Michael proclaim to love?

5. When Agnes sits on the bed in Act 2, Scene 1, she repeatedly says what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Agnes feel so betrayed by Michael?

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

3. What do Michael and Agnes do as they are waiting for a car to come pick them up in the final scene?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. What is the purpose of the fourposter bed in the first scene?

10. What is the setting of the beginning of Act 3, Scene 2?

Essay 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

Throughout the play there are intense scenes of drama, but also lighthearted instances of humor. Respond to the following with examples to support your essay:

1) When has humor been used in the play?

2) Why are these situations humorous and are they as humorous to Michael and Agnes as they are to the audience?

3) Why is it important to the author and the audience to break up the dramatic scenes of the play with bursts of humor?

Essay Topic 3

Agnes and Michael are portrayed as characters who embody the labels of male and female. Support you answer with examples from the play and respond to the following:

1) In what ways does Agnes exemplify femininity?

2) In what ways does Michael exemplify masculinity?

3) What are the positives and negatives associated with femininity and masculinity as presented by the author?

(see the answer keys)

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