The Iceman Cometh Test | Mid-Book 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. Why does Rocky say Pearl has no right to be angry with Cora?

2. When does he realize he does not need to drink anymore?

3. Why does Harry go after Mosher?

4. About what does Willie complain?

5. Who is the man who arrived the night before?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are several of the characters' dreams for the future?

2. Who is Willie?

3. What does Hickey do after he encourages the others to keep drinking?

4. Why was Bessie angry at McGloin?

5. What takes place between Larry and Parritt?

6. What is the story about?

7. Why does Hickey stop drinking?

8. Why does Willie refuse Rocky's drink offer?

9. What happens when Hickey calls the girls whores?

10. What does Hickey say in his long speech?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Parritt's mother is imprisoned.

Part 1) Why is she imprisoned?

Part 2) What role does her son have in her imprisonment?

Part 3) How does his role in her imprisonment affect him?

Essay Topic 2

The play is called THE ICEMAN COMETH.

Part 1) Which characters is referred to as the iceman? Why?

Part 2) What does the iceman symbolize?

Part 3) When and how does the "iceman cometh" in the play?

Essay Topic 3

The play ends with the down-and-outers singing their favorite songs.

Part 1) What is the significance of this ending?

Part 2) Predict the future of the down-and-outers.

Part 3) How might Larry's future be different than the others' futures? Why?

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