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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 Lenny give Ruth after Teddy goes upstairs?
2. What does Max describe as "one flow of stinking pus after another?"
3. What does Teddy reassure Ruth about?
4. What does Lenny want Max to tell him?
5. In what sport does Joey participate?
Short Essay Questions
1. During the argument over the glass of water, what does Ruth dare Lenny to do?
2. The first time Lenny is alone with Ruth, what kinds of personal information does he share with her?
3. Explain how Sam feels about his performance at work.
4. 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?
5. When Teddy arrives at his family's home, what does he find unchanged?
6. Lenny says he envies Teddy for what reasons?
7. What conflicting information does Max give about MacGregor (his father)?
8. Who is Jessie and what do we learn about her at the beginning of the play?
9. What does Max mean when he uses the phrase "one flow of stinking pus after another?"
10. What is the relationship between Max and Rose and what two other characters have the same relationship?
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
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
Analyze the ending of the play in terms of what it means for Max, for Ruth, and for the future of each of the characters in the play.
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