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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. Which of the following characters has been discussed but has never appeared on stage?
3. After lunch, Max abruptly turns his attention from reminiscing to Sam. Who does he compare Sam to?
4. What does Max do to Sam when Sam tries to help Max after he collapses?
5. What does Sam do before he leaves for work after lunch?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Teddy, how is Ruth different since their marriage?
2. What is Ruth's response to Teddy's urging her to pack up and go home with him?
3. What did Ruth say she did for a living before she was married?
4. Act One, scene 3 begins the morning after Teddy and Ruth have arrived; what characters have not yet met Ruth?
5. What argument do Max and Joey have at the beginning of the Act 1, Scene 3?
6. What comparison does Ruth make when referring to the relationship between words and actions?
7. Why does Max hit Joey?
8. As Act Two opens, what positive and negative comments does Max make about his late wife?
9. What does Max tell Teddy about Teddy and Ruth's wedding?
10. For what does Max criticize Sam when Sam is in the kitchen?
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
Analyze the character of Sam, giving several examples which exemplifies why, although he is a symbol of goodness in the play, he is so ineffective at trying to mediate when it comes to family squabbles.
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the ending of the play in terms of what it means for Max, for Ruth, and for the future of each of the characters in the play.
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