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 makes Michael so angry in Act 2, Scene 2?

2. What does Agnes describe herself as being all her life?

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

4. What does Agnes clearly express that she does not want in Act 3, Scene 1?

5. What is different about the fourposter bed in Act 3, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The "God Is Love" pillow is first introduced as a wedding present to Agnes, who leaves it as a gift for the newlywed couple at the end of the play. Using examples to support your answer, compare and contrast the following:

1) What does the "God Is Love" pillow mean to Agnes throughout the play?

2) What does the "God Is Love" pillow mean to Michael throughout the play?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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