Golden Boy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Joe going?

2. What does Moody tell Tokio?

3. What does Siggie want Mr. Bonaparte to buy him?

4. Who is Roxy?

5. Where is Joe going on a boxing tour?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting for Act 1, Scene 4, and what is the topic of conversation between Joe and Lorna as the scene opens?

2. What bad news does Kaplan get while he is kissing Lorna in his office?

3. How do Joe and his father finally clash in their ideas for what Joe should do with his life?

4. As opposed to the handlers who just want the money that Joe can generate, Lorna sees Joe as a "golden boy" in a different way. How is Joe a "golden boy" for Lorna?

5. How is Joe's intention to box revealed to the family?

6. Describe the feeling Joe tells Lorna he has upon awakening sometimes.

7. Explain how Eddie Fuseli and Joe's expensive car symbolize danger for Joe.

8. Describe how Fuseli threatens Lorna.

9. What is Joe's reaction to the violin his father bought for him?

10. Why is the news of the Chocolate Drop's death the climax of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the ongoing conflict between Joe and Mr. Bonaparte, and Moody and Lorna. What are the main sources of the conflicts? Why does it perpetuate?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the play's title? Who was the "golden boy?" How was he golden to different people? Remember that financial status is not the only measure of a man's worth.

Essay Topic 3

Does Odets end the play on a note of hope or the continuance of the futility of man's struggle to live the American Dream. Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

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