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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 do Meg and Teresa do when they see the British soldier in the doorway?

2. After a brief argument what does Mulleady do?

3. What does his missing leg have to do with his conversation with Meg?

4. Meg comes back in. About what do she and Pat argue?

5. How did Monsewer choose his title?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the characters say about the Bible and Miss Gilchrist's faith?

2. What happens when gunshots are heard?

3. What do Pat and Meg think about the kidnapping of the British soldier?

4. What story does Pat tell, after the Soldier demands to know what he did to deserve this treatment?

5. What does Miss Gilchrist do for the Soldier?

6. What is revealed about Teresa in this scene?

7. How does Meg react to Princess Grace's news? How do the others respond?

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

9. What happens when Mulleady asks about the shirts Meg was to have laundered?

10. What happens when Teresa enters the room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Various characters are symbolic.

Part 1) How are the characters symbolic? Why are they each symbolic?

Part 2) How do they evolve throughout the play? What is the purpose of this evolution?

Part 3) What message does the playwright want the audience to take away from these symbolic characters, as well as how they evolve and are developed throughout the play.

Essay Topic 2

An historical point about Queen Victoria is made.

Part 1) What is the point? Why is it made?

Part 2) What does this story reveal about Ireland at the time of this play?

Part 3) How has this event created tension in Ireland? How has this event affected the Irish people as well as others around the world?

Essay Topic 3

There is tension between the various characters.

Part 1) Give two examples of tension. Why does this tension exist?

Part 2) How is this tension affected by the play's vaudeville style? Why?

Part 3) How does this tension imitate real life?

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