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. What does Agnes seem to be feeling in relationship to her daughter?

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

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

4. Where does Agnes kiss Michael in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose any two scenes from the play. Compare and contrast the portrayal of the love between Michael and Agnes using supporting examples. Be sure to address the following:

1) How do Agnes and Michael express their love to one another?

2) Has their love matured between these scenes?

3) What influences the confession of their love to each other in each scene?

Essay Topic 2

Though it is clear that Agnes and Michael are in love on their wedding night, there is still a strong sense of uneasiness being alone with each other. Compare the couple's wedding night with the morning of their move to a new apartment in the last scene.

1) What has changed between Agnes and Michael in their relationship?

2) How do they act toward each other in each situation?

3) What, if anything, has remained the same?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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