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

3. What does Joey say when Max tells him that he will have time to do what he needs to do and still be able to go with Max?

4. On the morning after Teddy and Ruth's arrival, what does Max invite Joey to do in the afternoon?

5. What is the relationship between the two characters who are up early at the beginning of Act I, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Teddy's response to Ruth's question about whether the family has read any of his works?

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

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

6. What violent action does Max take against Sam?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

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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