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. Who does the boy say can fight in Kaplan's place?

2. In addition to Joe, who will benefit if Joe becomes a good boxer?

3. What does Roxy say about musicians in the park?

4. What does Joe tell Moody about boxing?

5. Who is Siggie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Siggie and what does he want Mr. Bonaparte to buy for him?

2. How is Joe's loss of his musical dream impacting his fighting career?

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

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

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

6. What is the setting for Act 1, Scene 2 and which two characters open the scene?

7. 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?

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

9. Explain how Joe's arrogance and cocky attitude are masking his true feelings about his life direction.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Odets is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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