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

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

3. In Act 1, Scene 1, Michael is deliriously happy and begs Agnes to tell him what?

4. When Agnes is having labor pains, what does she remind Michael about?

5. What does Agnes determine is wrong with Michael at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the young poet's poem and who is it apparently dedicated to?

2. What is the setting at the beginning of the play?

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

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

5. What does Michael read to Agnes to help ease her labor pains?

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

7. What is it that Agnes taunts Michael with in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

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

10. In Act 1, Scene 2, who does it seem has taken the leadership role in the marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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