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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 is Joe's greatest love?

2. What is Joe's condition when he comes home?

3. What does Joe tell Moody about boxing?

4. What beverage do the others sip while Joe packs?

5. Who is Tom Moody?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the premise of Bonaparte's visit to Moody's office?

2. What unrealistic promise does Moody make to Lorna?

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

4. How do the sports writers, Drake and Lewis, represent the two sides of public sentiment for people who achieve wealth and the American Dream?

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

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

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

8. What request does Bonaparte make of Lorna?

9. Explain the irony of Fuseli calling Joe the "golden boy."

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Mr. Bonaparte and Moody. Both men want influence over Joe but have their hold on him in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Odet's use of symbolism and imagery in the book as related to the violin. What does the violin represent? Which characters are especially affected by the violin and what does it mean to them?

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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