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. When Teddy comes downstairs while Ruth and Lenny are talking together, what does Lenny do?

2. After he reminisces, what does Max ask Sam?

3. When Teddy comes downstairs after his father and brothers have come home from the gym, what does Max ask him?

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

5. Which of the following characters has been discussed but has never appeared on stage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.

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

3. Why does Max hit Joey?

4. When Teddy and Ruth come downstairs and surprise Max, what is the first thing he wants to know?

5. What does Teddy tell Max about his family life with Ruth?

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

7. What word does Teddy used to describe the members of his family?

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

9. What is Ruth's response to Teddy's urging her to pack up and go home with him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the importance of foreshadowing in the play, giving several examples of how the technique is used effectively.

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

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.

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