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

2. Where does Ruth say she and Teddy have been vacationing?

3. At the end of the first scene, what does Max reveal about MacGregor?

4. What does Max say he could instinctively know?

5. What reason does Max give for Sam having never married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Teddy arrives at his family's home, what does he find unchanged?

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

5. Lenny says he envies Teddy for what reasons?

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

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

8. During the argument over the glass of water, what does Ruth dare Lenny to do?

9. 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?

10. "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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The subject of prostitution comes up several times during the play. Give at least two examples and explain what larger implication this subject carries.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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