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. When Lenny comes downstairs, what reason does he give for not being able to sleep?

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

3. How does Max taunt Joey?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. "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?

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

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

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

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

9. Lenny says he envies Teddy for what reasons?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, which character is in the best position to make positive changes in the family's dynamics? Explain why you have chosen this character and what specifically you think this character could possibly do to bring about some change.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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