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

2. Just before the end of Act Two, Scene 1, What does Teddy give a long speech about?

3. When Max asks Teddy if he wants to cuddle and kiss his father, what does Max tell the rest of the family about Teddy?

4. To whom does Max compare Sam?

5. After Lenny mocks Teddy's inability to answer his question, what subject does the conversation change to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What violent action does Max take against Sam?

5. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.

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

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

8. In what ways does Max compare his father with Sam?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

It is evident that Max Joey, and Lenny have little respect for women. Give several examples of how this lack of respect is demonstrated in the play, including examples of how each of the three men speak about and to Ruth disrespectfully as well as specific instances when they show disrespect through their actions.

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