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 Max tell Lenny to stop?

2. How is Joey related to Max?

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 Teddy take upstairs?

5. Who is the only character left on stage at the end of Act I, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Lenny says he envies Teddy for what reasons?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the impact of the character of MacGregor who, although never actually appearing in the play, has a profound influence on the family.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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