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. After addressing Lenny's concern about not being able to sleep, who does Teddy ask Lenny about?

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

3. What does Ruth want to do by herself shortly after she and Teddy arrive at the family home?

4. What does Lenny say when Ruth asks how he knew the prostitute was diseased?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Teddy's response to the men discussing his wife sexually and asking her to stay?

3. What does Max say about his understanding of female horses?

4. What is Teddy's response to Ruth's question about whether the family has read any of his works?

5. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max not physically or verbally abused?

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

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

8. What does Joey say about his experience in bed with Ruth?

9. What is Ruth's reaction to her invitation to stay with the family?

10. In what ways does Max compare his father with Sam?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Discuss the impact of the character of MacGregor who, although never actually appearing in the play, has a profound influence on the family.

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