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. When trying to convince her to go home with him, what does Teddy remind Ruth of?

2. What two characters are up early the next morning at the opening of Act I, Scene 3?

3. What kind of response does Max get from the family to his question about the surprising appearance of his son and a woman Max does not know, suddenly standing in his living room?

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

5. What does Sam do when Max collapses after verbally abusing Ruth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Ruth say she did for a living before she was married?

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

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

7. Describe Max's initial reaction to Ruth.

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

9. Act One, scene 3 begins the morning after Teddy and Ruth have arrived; what characters have not yet met Ruth?

10. According to Max, what did his father ask him to do when he was dying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Ruth first arrives at the family home, she is nearly silent. By the end of the play, she has become the dominant figure. In what specific ways has Ruth changed and what specific reasons do you think account for her change?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Teddy's acceptance of the photograph of his grandfather. Explain when the incident takes place and give two interpretations of why the playwright might have included this incident.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the relationship between Teddy and Ruth. Explain what evidence exists which shows care and concern on the part of either or both characters. Discuss the conflicts evident in their marriage and the consequence of those conflicts.

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