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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 many women appear onstage in the play?
2. What is the nature of the family business?
3. How does Joey respond to Max's invitation to spend the afternoon with him?
4. According to Max, what made Sam a bad son?
5. Why does Max collapse after he verbally abuses Ruth for the first time?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Ruth say she did for a living before she was married?
2. Why does Max hit Joey?
3. What does Joey do in his uncle's defense when Max criticizes Sam?
4. What violent action does Max take against Sam?
5. What kind of response does Teddy make to his brothers' caressing Ruth?
6. Act One, scene 3 begins the morning after Teddy and Ruth have arrived; what characters have not yet met Ruth?
7. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max not physically or verbally abused?
8. What argument do Max and Joey have at the beginning of the Act 1, Scene 3?
9. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.
10. For what does Max criticize Sam when Sam is in the kitchen?
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
Discuss the impact of the character of MacGregor who, although never actually appearing in the play, has a profound influence on the family.
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