The Homecoming 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. Aside from Teddy's education, why does Lenny say he envies Teddy?

2. What does Max describe as "one flow of stinking pus after another?"

3. Which character has been on stage all through the first scene of the play?

4. The first time Max mentions a man named MacGregor, what does he say about him?

5. When Max comes downstairs, what does he say woke him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Max respond to Lenny's question about his conception?

2. Why does Lenny say he is angry at Ruth for calling him by his full name, Leonard?

3. Describe Max's attitude toward his brother Sam.

4. Max threatens violence toward his son Lenny at different points in the play; give one example.

5. What evidence do we have that Max dominates his brother Sam, as well as his own sons?

6. What story Lenny tells Ruth after he has asked to hold her hand?

7. "The Homecoming" takes place in an old London house where four men live. Who are these men and how are they related to each other?

8. What is the relationship between Max and Rose and what two other characters have the same relationship?

9. Just after they arrive at the house, what does Teddy reassure Ruth about?

10. Lenny says he envies Teddy for what reasons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The subject of prostitution comes up several times during the play. Give at least two examples and explain what larger implication this subject carries.

Essay Topic 2

Max shows disappointment with his sons. Discuss how Max demonstrates this disappointment, giving specific examples for Lenny, Joey, and Teddy. For what reasons do you think that Max is so clearly disappointed with each of his sons? Comment on whether you think his disappointment in any of his sons is warranted and explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Teddy's acceptance of the photograph of his grandfather. Explain when the incident takes place and give two interpretations of why the playwright might have included this incident.

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