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

2. When Teddy and Ruth are left alone in the living room, how does he try to convince her to go home with him?

3. What is the nature of the family business?

4. In reminiscing after lunch, what does Max refer to Jessie as?

5. In his long speech, what does Teddy call the members of his family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What violent action does Max take against Sam?

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

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

4. What did Ruth say she did for a living before she was married?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Ruth first arrives at the family home, she is nearly silent. By the end of the play, she has become the dominant figure. In what specific ways has Ruth changed and what specific reasons do you think account for her change?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the relationship between Teddy and Ruth. Explain what evidence exists which shows care and concern on the part of either or both characters. Discuss the conflicts evident in their marriage and the consequence of those conflicts.

Essay Topic 3

The subject of prostitution comes up several times during the play. Give at least two examples and explain what larger implication this subject carries.

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