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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. How does Max respond to Lenny's question right after Max wakes up?

2. Where does Lenny tell Ruth he thinks Teddy has been?

3. How does Sam describe Jessie?

4. What occupation does Lenny tell Ruth he's always imagined for himself?

5. What does Lenny say Max used to always like doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Lenny says he envies Teddy for what reasons?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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