The Fourposter Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Michael put the bottle of champagne?

2. Who does Michael say makes him sing?

3. What does Michael ask Agnes about the bedclothes in Act 3, Scene 2?

4. Why does Agnes hug Michael in Act 2, Scene 2?

5. Why does Michael go into the cellar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Michael is a successful author who seeks approval of his work from his wife Agnes. Crass words from a young poet woo Agnes and bring jealousy from Michael, leading to the strengthening of the couple's marriage. Please respond with examples to the following:

1) In what ways does Michael's profession as author influence his relationship with Agnes?

2) How does Agnes' response to the written works of the young poet and the works of her husband affect her marriage?

3) Does the author seem to be using his life as an inspiration for the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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