I Am My Own Wife Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Doug Wright
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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. During the war, Charlotte refused to wear _______________.

2. What is Charlotte's given name?

3. Which of the following items is Charlotte not wearing as the play opens?

4. Where does Doug plan to sleep while in Germany?

5. Why does Doug not take Charlotte's picture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Tante Luise scare Charlotte's father into leaving his family alone while at her home?

2. What is the scene entitled "Translating Tante Luise" about?

3. How is Charlotte described?

4. How is Charlotte spared being recruited into the SS army?

5. Who is Doug and what lengths has he gone to to interview Charlotte?

6. How does Doug gain Charlotte's approval to write her story?

7. What poster does Charlotte point out to the audience?

8. How does Charlotte explain the museum in "Das Gr'nderzeit Museum?"

9. Why did Charlotte recreate the tavern after the fall of The Berlin Wall?

10. What does the author, Doug Wright, explore in the first five sections of I AM MY OWN WIFE?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses several instances of irony in the play. One example is the huge irony that Charlotte feels like a female but was born a male. Cite at least three other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the taboo of transvestism in the early-20th century. Compare and contrast transvestism in the early-20th century to transvestism in the 21st century. What major changes have occurred, both positive and negative?

Essay Topic 3

The role of paternal influence is a strong one on Charlotte--but not in a positive way. Describe Charlotte's negative paternal influence and how she overcame it. Where did Charlotte's strongest identity role model come from? Was that surprising given her circumstances? Explain.

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