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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. In his first appearance in the play, Joey comes home and immediately asks a question about what?
2. What does Lenny tell Ruth about a diseased prostitute?
3. What does Lenny say in response to Max's demand for an explanation of the noise that awoke him?
4. How are Teddy and Ruth related to Max?
5. What occupation does Lenny tell Ruth he's always imagined for himself?
Short Essay Questions
1. Just after they arrive at the house, what does Teddy reassure Ruth about?
2. What does Max mean when he uses the phrase "one flow of stinking pus after another?"
3. The first time Lenny is alone with Ruth, what kinds of personal information does he share with her?
4. How does Max respond to Lenny's question about his conception?
5. What conflicting information does Max give about MacGregor (his father)?
6. Why does Lenny say he is angry at Ruth for calling him by his full name, Leonard?
7. What does Lenny ask his father about the night he was conceived?
8. When Teddy arrives at his family's home, what does he find unchanged?
9. What story Lenny tells Ruth after he has asked to hold her hand?
10. Throughout the play, Max verbally abuses his son Joey; give an example of this verbal abuse.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is evident that Max Joey, and Lenny have little respect for women. Give several examples of how this lack of respect is demonstrated in the play, including examples of how each of the three men speak about and to Ruth disrespectfully as well as specific instances when they show disrespect through their actions.
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
Compare and contrast the characters of Ruth and Jessie, particularly in respect to Max's varying attitude toward each woman.
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