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. What does Moody tell Tokio?

2. Roxy said that Joe thought the violinist was ________________.

3. Who arrives to tell Tom some bad news?

4. According to Joe, life on the streets is ___________.

5. Joe says that Mr. Bonaparte focuses on ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Explain how both the positive and negative aspects of money are revealed in Act 2, Scene 3.

4. What is the symbolism of Joe's broken hand in this fight?

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

6. What is the irony of Moody quoting from the Declaration of Independence?

7. What ill-fated decision do Lorna and Joe make in an attempt to escape from the restrictions of their lives?

8. What are Joe's feelings about Fuseli being part owner of his career?

9. Describe the encounter between Joe and Lorna after Joe learns that she is marrying Moody in a few days.

10. How is Lorna's life shown to be in stark contrast to the environment in which Joe grew up?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Regret seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of regret? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the family in GOLDEN BOY. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is the Bonaparte family to most American families living during the Great Depression in the 1930s?

Essay Topic 3

The play is set in America during The Great Depression. Explain the significance of The Great Depression on America in general and the Bonaparte family specifically. What impact did The Great Depression have on the choices that the Bonapartes made? Explain.

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