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. How does Act 3, Scene 2 conclude?

2. What is Agnes' decision about the bedclothes in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. What does Agnes ask Michael after she finds out what he said to their son?

4. What do Michael and Agnes feel is a pity?

5. Who does Agnes really love, proven in Act 3, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The character of Agnes goes through many changes throughout the play. Beginning with her wedding night and ending with her gift at the end of the play, analyze Agnes' character by answering the following:

1) How is Agnes represented in her youth compared to her older years?

2) How has motherhood changed Agnes?

3) What ways have Agnes' religious beliefs influenced her decisions in life?

4) Is Agnes' character capable of acting selfishly? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Each act in the play closes with an embrace between Michael and Agnes. This display of repetition is a literary device used by the author. Respond using examples to support your answer.

1) Does the embrace at the end of each scene always come from the same emotion, such as relief, love or compassion?

2) What is the significance of the repetition of the familiar embrace to the relationship of Agnes and Michael?

3) What is the significance of the repetition of the familiar embrace to the audience of the play?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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