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

2. Aside from Teddy's education, why does Lenny say he envies Teddy?

3. When he first arrives home, what does Teddy find out about his room?

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

5. Where did the deed to the house come from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. "The Homecoming" takes place in an old London house where four men live. Who are these men and how are they related to each other?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. When Lenny first greets his brother, why does the conversation involve a clock?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the occupations of Max, Sam, Teddy, and Joey. Explain why the playwright might have chosen those particular occupations.

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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