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. To whom does Max compare Sam?

2. What happens to the person who tries to help Joey after Max has hit him in the stomach?

3. When Sam comes in from the kitchen, what emotion of Sam's does Max say he doesn't understand?

4. When Max realizes that Teddy and Ruth are not going to be thrown out of his house, what does Max do?

5. After lunch, Max abruptly turns his attention from reminiscing to Sam. Who does he compare Sam to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Max, what did his father ask him to do when he was dying?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Max hit Joey?

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

10. What argument do Max and Joey have at the beginning of the Act 1, Scene 3?

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

In your opinion, is the ending of the play a.) satisfactory and b.) plausible? Explain by giving specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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