The Hairy Ape 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 kind of metal does Yank say he is?

2. Who are the men staring at?

3. Who is escorting Mildred to the stoke hole?

4. Where does scene two take place?

5. What does Yank say is the ship's middle name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the Yank releases the gorilla from its cage?

2. What does Yank say he has been doing since his confrontation with the police officer?

3. How do the crowd act when they exit the church?

4. How does Yank get himself arrested?

5. What image does the author say he is trying to set?

6. What does Yank remember from his childhood?

7. Why are the working class resentful of the upperclass in the play?

8. What does Yank say he remembers about Mildred?

9. Where does Yank say is the sailor's home?

10. Why is Yank angry with Mildred?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the books reception in three different countries including the country the book was written. How do their opinions about the books differ? Was the book more influential in one country than another? If so, why?

Essay Topic 2

Who are the IWW and how influential have the IWW been in American society? What are O'Neill's views of the IWW? How does he express his views in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the book's chronological setting.

1. What were the main concerns during the 1920s? How does the author express these concerns?

2. How would the author change the book if it was set in today's society?

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