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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 his long speech, what does Teddy call the members of his family?
2. When Sam comes in from the kitchen, what emotion of Sam's does Max say he doesn't understand?
3. What does Max do to Sam when Sam tries to help Max after he collapses?
4. While Max is questioning Teddy about when he plans to leave, how does Joey interact with Ruth?
5. What do Sam, Teddy. Joey, and Lenny do after Max physically abuses Sam?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.
2. What does Joey do in his uncle's defense when Max criticizes Sam?
3. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max not physically or verbally abused?
4. In what ways does Max compare his father with Sam?
5. What similarity is there between Teddy and Ruth's family and Max and Jessie's family?
6. What comparison does Ruth make when referring to the relationship between words and actions?
7. What word does Teddy used to describe the members of his family?
8. By the end of the first act, which characters has Max abused both verbally and physically?
9. According to Teddy, how is Ruth different since their marriage?
10. Act One, scene 3 begins the morning after Teddy and Ruth have arrived; what characters have not yet met Ruth?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although Max is a poor example of a father, he seems to know what a father should be. Discuss some specific examples of his fathering skills and explain what proof exists in the play that he seems to understand what makes for a good father. Why do you think Max chooses to father in the way he does? Give examples from the play back up your reasoning.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the impact of the character of MacGregor who, although never actually appearing in the play, has a profound influence on the family.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters of Ruth and Jessie, particularly in respect to Max's varying attitude toward each woman.
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