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. At first, what are Agnes' feelings toward the young poet?

2. Is Michael happy with his daughter's choice of husband, and how does he address his son-in-law?

3. What is Michael doing when he is first seen in the last scene?

4. Why does Michael ask to reread the young poet's works a second time?

5. What does Agnes do with the "God Is Love" pillow when she hears Michael coming back into the room at the end of Act 3, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Michael confesses that Agnes has changed from the princess he married to his closest friend. Answer the following with supporting examples:

1) In what ways does Michael treat Agnes as a friend?

2) Does Agnes feel the same way toward Michael?

3) How does this strong friendship influence the marriage between Michael and Agnes?

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

Throughout the play there are intense scenes of drama, but also lighthearted instances of humor. Respond to the following with examples to support your essay:

1) When has humor been used in the play?

2) Why are these situations humorous and are they as humorous to Michael and Agnes as they are to the audience?

3) Why is it important to the author and the audience to break up the dramatic scenes of the play with bursts of humor?

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