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 Teddy take upstairs?

2. Where did Sam get some cigars?

3. Who, instead of Max, does Lenny say he should have asked for an answer to a question that's been bothering him?

4. What does Lenny give Ruth after Teddy goes upstairs?

5. After Sam reminds Max that he took Jessie out in a limo because he was taking care of her, what does Max call Sam?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What evidence do we have that Max dominates his brother Sam, as well as his own sons?

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

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

6. Explain how Sam feels about his performance at work.

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

8. "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?

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

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

Discuss Teddy's acceptance of the photograph of his grandfather. Explain when the incident takes place and give two interpretations of why the playwright might have included this incident.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of rejection in the play. Include examples of the way at least four characters experience rejection or reject another character.

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