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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 reassure Ruth about?

2. Shortly after his arrival at the family home, what does Teddy offer Ruth?

3. What do Lenny and Ruth argue about?

4. How long ago did Teddy move out of the family home?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lenny ask his father about the night he was conceived?

3. When Max comes downstairs complaining of noise, what kind of an explanation does Lenny give?

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

5. "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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. Why does Lenny say he is angry at Ruth for calling him by his full name, Leonard?

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

Discuss the shocking information Sam reveals near the end of the play and explain the implications of what he tells the family. Explain what evidence there is in the play that Max may have already known this information.

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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