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. As the men compliment Ruth after lunch, what is Max reminiscing about?

2. On the morning after Teddy and Ruth's arrival, just before Max invites Joey to go out with him for the afternoon, what does Max complain about?

3. How many children does Ruth have?

4. According to Max, when his father was dying, what did he tell Max to do?

5. After Ruth tells Lenny where she was born, where does Max tell Joey he needs to go?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What violent action does Max take against Sam?

3. What kinds of demands does Ruth make on the brothers?

4. What similarity is there between Teddy and Ruth's family and Max and Jessie's family?

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

6. For what does Max criticize Sam when Sam is in the kitchen?

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

8. According to Teddy, how is Ruth different since their marriage?

9. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.

10. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max abused both verbally and physically?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Max refers to generations of his family as being "one flow of stinking pus after another." Explain how the characters in "The Homecoming" are part of the circle of violence which has affected three different generations of Max's family. Give specific examples; include at least three characters in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the shocking information Sam reveals near the end of the play and explain the implications of what he tells the family. Explain what evidence there is in the play that Max may have already known this information.

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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