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 Lorna want Tom to do?

2. Who promises Joe better fights and better press coverage?

3. What does Anna say that her father never did to her mother?

4. Who stops by to say goodbye to Joe?

5. What is the setting for Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unrealistic promise does Moody make to Lorna?

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

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

4. How does Joe's obnoxious behavior prompt Lorna to say she loves Moody in front of Joe?

5. Why does Lorna feel a sense of loyalty toward Moody even though she now loves Joe?

6. How does the author foreshadow Joe and Lorna's relationship in this scene?

7. How does the author use this scene to showcase the dark side of the American Dream?

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

9. Explain the importance Mr. Bonaparte places on the violin he has purchased for Joe.

10. What would the purchase of a fast, expensive car represent to Joe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Odets opens the play with the story of Lorna and her desperation to marry Moody who is still married. What does Lorna symbolize in the novel? Why does Odets use her character to establish the story?

Essay Topic 2

Describe some of the settings for the play. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Odets choose to use these places in the drama?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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