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

2. On the morning after Teddy and Ruth's arrival, just before Max invites Joey to go out with him for the afternoon, what does Max complain about?

3. While Max is questioning Teddy about when he plans to leave, how does Lenny interact with Ruth?

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

5. After questioning Teddy , what does Max say about Ruth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What argument do Max and Joey have at the beginning of the Act 1, Scene 3?

5. Why does Max hit Joey?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Max refers to generations of his family as being "one flow of stinking pus after another." Explain how the characters in "The Homecoming" are part of the circle of violence which has affected three different generations of Max's family. Give specific examples; include at least three characters in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the shocking information Sam reveals near the end of the play and explain the implications of what he tells the family. Explain what evidence there is in the play that Max may have already known this information.

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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