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

2. What does Teddy take upstairs?

3. How are Teddy and Ruth related to Max?

4. Abandoning his search for the scissors, Max lights a cigarette he has gotten from where?

5. As they bicker, what does Max grab as if to hit Lenny?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When Max comes downstairs complaining of noise, what kind of an explanation does Lenny give?

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

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

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

8. Throughout the play, Max verbally abuses his son Joey; give an example of this verbal abuse.

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

10. What does Max mean when he uses the phrase "one flow of stinking pus after another?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the relationship between Teddy and Ruth. Explain what evidence exists which shows care and concern on the part of either or both characters. Discuss the conflicts evident in their marriage and the consequence of those conflicts.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When Ruth first arrives at the family home, she is nearly silent. By the end of the play, she has become the dominant figure. In what specific ways has Ruth changed and what specific reasons do you think account for her change?

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