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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. How does Act 2, Scene 1 conclude?

2. What has been added to the scenery in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What is Michael complaining of at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Michael tells Agnes what shocking confession?

5. When Agnes starts having labor pains, what is the first thing Michael does?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Michael roughly grab Agnes' arm and then kiss her in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What message does Michael say he got when he first saw the "God Is Love" pillow on his wedding night?

3. How does Agnes describe Michael's parenting?

4. Why does Agnes keep bringing up the fact that she smells gas from the lamps?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jealousy has a role in the marriage of Agnes and Michael. It motivates Michael and Agnes to act in certain ways. Use examples to support your response to the following:

1) What examples of jealousy are found in the play?

2) How have the consequences of the jealous actions of Michael and Agnes affected their marriage?

3) Has the author represented jealousy as a positive or negative force? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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