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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. How does the story begin?

2. How did Monsewer choose his title?

3. About what does Mulleady complain, regarding his shirts?

4. What do various characters say about the Soldier?

5. Who are the caretakers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the other characters react, when Meg finishes her song?

2. For what does the Soldier ask? Does he get it? Why or why not?

3. What news does Monsewer have for Pat?

4. How did Monsewer come about his name?

5. What does Monsewer want to do with the Soldier? To what does this lead?

6. How does the play end?

7. For whom does the Soldier mistake Miss Gilchrist? Why?

8. What do Meg and Pat say about money?

9. How does the conversation between Teresa and the Soldier end?

10. About what does Pat sing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pat makes a comment about H-bombs.

Part 1) What is the comment that he makes? Why does he make this comment?

Part 2) How is this comment important to the play and the message sent by the playwright to the audience?

Part 3) What is the connection between this comment and the soldier's song at the end of the act? What is the purpose for this connection?

Essay Topic 2

Musical interludes and dark humor are repeated throughout the play.

Part 1) Describe two of these moments. Why do they take place?

Part 2) What is the overall purpose for these musical interludes and dark humor? Of what performance styles does this remind you? Why?

Part 3) Does this enhance the story? Why or why not? What is the playwright's purpose for using this music and humor?

Essay Topic 3

All of the characters are "prisoners."

Part 1) How is each character a "prisoner?"

Part 2) Are they able to escape? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are people prisoners in real life? How do these hostage situations in the story reflect real life?

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