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

2. Who does Agnes say left the pillow on the bed?

3. When does Michael finally go for the doctor?

4. Michael describes himself as a "male animal" that has done what?

5. What insult does Agnes tell Michael in Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Michael act in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

3. At the end of Act 2, Scene 1, what is the status of Michael and Agnes' relationship?

4. What is it that Agnes wants to do in relation to her marriage on the day of her daughter's wedding?

5. What does Michael set out to do when his son comes home, and what really happens?

6. What is the setting at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1?

7. Why does Agnes feel so betrayed by Michael?

8. How do the words embroidered on the pillow affect the wedding night of Agnes and Michael?

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

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

Infidelity is an event that can ruin a marriage or bring spouses together. Michael confesses his infidelity to Agnes in the play, and the result is a closeness in their relationship for the couple. Using examples to support your answer, respond to the following:

1) What reasons does Michael give for why he cheated on Agnes? Are these reasons validated for Michael? For Agnes?

2) How do Michael and Agnes overcome infidelity and strengthen their relationship?

3) Does Michael's infidelity have a lasting affect on Agnes?

3) Does the author portray infidelity as something that is easily overcome in a marriage?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The ups and downs of Agnes and Michael's marriage is illustrated throughout the play. Using supporting examples, answer the following:

1) Does the author portray an enduring marriage as something positive or negative?

2) What characteristics are a husband and wife supposed to learn in order to have a successful marriage, according to the play?

3) Is the marriage of Agnes and Michael realistically portrayed? Why or why not?

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