The Homecoming Test | Final 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. After his collapse, Max talks with Ruth about her children and then asks Teddy to do what?

2. After Ruth falls onto the floor, what does she ask for?

3. As Lenny joins the conversation that Ruth, Lenny, and Teddy have been engaged in after lunch, what subject does Lenny ask Teddy about?

4. What comparison does Ruth use in her discussion with Lenny after Teddy has been mocked by Lenny?

5. When Joey, Max, and Lenny return home from the gym on the afternoon of the second day, what does Joey do?

Short Essay Questions

1. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max not physically or verbally abused?

2. What comparison does Ruth make when referring to the relationship between words and actions?

3. What does Joey do in his uncle's defense when Max criticizes Sam?

4. As Act Two opens, what positive and negative comments does Max make about his late wife?

5. Why does Max hit Joey?

6. What does Max tell Teddy about Teddy and Ruth's wedding?

7. Act One, scene 3 begins the morning after Teddy and Ruth have arrived; what characters have not yet met Ruth?

8. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.

9. What kind of response does Teddy make to his brothers' caressing Ruth?

10. What violent action does Max take against Sam?

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

Compare and contrast the characters of Max and Sam, two brothers who seem to represent totally opposite values. Include specific examples of their differences and their attitudes toward each other.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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