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. What does Lenny say in response to Max's demand for an explanation of the noise that awoke him?

2. What does Teddy reassure Ruth about?

3. What reason does Sam give for believing that he is the best at his job?

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

5. In which city does "The Homecoming" take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.

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

4. For what does Max criticize Sam when Sam is in the kitchen?

5. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max abused both verbally and physically?

6. What word does Teddy used to describe the members of his family?

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

8. What does Joey do in his uncle's defense when Max criticizes Sam?

9. As Act Two opens, what positive and negative comments does Max make about his late wife?

10. What does Lenny ask his father about the night he was conceived?

Essay 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, is the ending of the play a.) satisfactory and b.) plausible? Explain by giving specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Although Max is a poor example of a father, he seems to know what a father should be. Discuss some specific examples of his fathering skills and explain what proof exists in the play that he seems to understand what makes for a good father. Why do you think Max chooses to father in the way he does? Give examples from the play back up your reasoning.

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