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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. After Max recovers from his collapse, what does he ask Ruth?
3. When Max sees Ruth for the first time, what does he ask Teddy?
4. According to Max, what made Sam a bad son?
5. While Max is questioning Teddy about when he plans to leave, how does Joey interact with Ruth?
Short Essay Questions
1. What comparison does Ruth make when referring to the relationship between words and actions?
2. What does Teddy tell Max about his family life with Ruth?
3. What did Ruth say she did for a living before she was married?
4. What is Teddy's response to Ruth's question about whether the family has read any of his works?
5. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.
6. What kind of response does Teddy make to his brothers' caressing Ruth?
7. As Act Two opens, what positive and negative comments does Max make about his late wife?
8. Why does Max hit Joey?
9. According to Teddy, how is Ruth different since their marriage?
10. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max abused both verbally and physically?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The subject of prostitution comes up several times during the play. Give at least two examples and explain what larger implication this subject carries.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
In your opinion, which character is in the best position to make positive changes in the family's dynamics? Explain why you have chosen this character and what specifically you think this character could possibly do to bring about some change.
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