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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 Lenny say he did to the old woman instead of helping her?

2. What does Ruth dare Lenny to do?

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

4. As the play begins, Lenny is in the living room of the house where he lives with which two other people?

5. When he first appears in the play, Max enters the living room and is looking for a scissor for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Sam feels about his performance at work.

2. Lenny says he envies Teddy for what reasons?

3. After Lenny tells Ruth the story about a violent act he once committed, what story does he then tell Ruth about about an old woman?

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

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

6. Which characters, although not seen onstage, are mentioned frequently throughout the play, and how is each related to Max?

7. The first time Lenny is alone with Ruth, what kinds of personal information does he share with her?

8. What conflicting information does Max give about MacGregor (his father)?

9. Who is Jessie and what do we learn about her at the beginning of the play?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of Sam, giving several examples which exemplifies why, although he is a symbol of goodness in the play, he is so ineffective at trying to mediate when it comes to family squabbles.

Essay Topic 2

In your opinion, which character is in the best position to make positive changes in the family's dynamics? Explain why you have chosen this character and what specifically you think this character could possibly do to bring about some change.

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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